Along the River Thames: Oxford to Farmoor Reservoir
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Dogs are very welcome at the events I organise, please take responsibility for your pet.
Come and join us for a day walk following the River Thames from Oxford to Farmoor reservoir. From the station, we'll walk up through Harcourt hill, then Chawley and Cumnor before reaching Farmoor reservoir. From there, we will follow the River Thames towards Wytham Great wood and back to Port Meadow, one of the cities most iconic area. For over 4,000 years this ancient land has been used for grazing, ploughing and farming.
It's said that in Port Meadow was given to the freemen of Oxford in defence of the country from the Danes in the 10th century and has remained a centre piece in Oxford history every since.
The walk is a pleasant day walk which should take us around 6 hours including a trip to a local pub.
We look forward to seeing you on what should be a brilliant Spring Day walk.
What to bring
For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:
Boots: Hiking boots that are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.
Socks: Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.
Walking Trousers: (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet. From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.
Waterproof Over-Trousers: essential in any significant rainfall. Breathable ones are best.
Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt, and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.
Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather. You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.
Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke.
Gloves: essential in frosty weather.
Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.
Sunglasses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye
Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.
Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.
Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!
Food & drink
A packed lunch, plenty of water and energy bars are essential today. There are M&S and WHSmith shops available at the train station then this walk takes you way off the beaten track.