Let's go punting: A stroll around Oxford with a twist
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Dogs are very welcome at the events I organise, please take responsibility for your pet.
Starting at Oxford Station, we will make our way via the Oxford Canal and University Parks to the Cherwell Boathouse. From there, the fun bit start: we will punt up the river (0.6 mile) to the Vicky Arms (Old Marston) where we will lunch at the pub. Then we will take the punts back to the boat house from where we will head towards the East side of Port Meadows through Jericho. We will cross the river at Godstow to return via the Thames Towpath then crossing back over the river to reach Jericho and back to the Station. If time permits, we will either pause briefly on the West side of Port Meadows for a drink at a pub in Binsey or at the end of the walk at a pub in Osney.
Please note that the joy of punting is weather dependent. If the weather conditions are not good, we might shorten/cancel the punting part of this event or reschedule it. Fingers crossed....
Info can be found here.
Hiring a punt costs £20/hour charged to the nearest 15 minutes, split between the people aboard each punt.
It takes about 30 minutes each way. Pub stop should last between 30 minutes and 1hour.
No more than 6 people per punt.
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.
Suncream: essential to prevent sunburn.
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!