Considering how close we live to Oxford, I really haven’t explored the city very much. I keep meaning to take Monkey on one of the open top bus tours so we can both learn a little more about a county city. A couple of months ago we were there to review Las Iguanas, we’d been to the Natural History Museum and had a little time to kill before our meal. It was the perfect opportunity for a first visit to Oxford University Parks, on the banks of the River Cherwell.
In the middle of a bustling city on a Sunday afternoon we found a little oasis of peace. People playing cricket, chilling on the grass, enjoying a lovely Spring day.
Monkey soon challenged Daddy P to a running race.
Run Monkey Run!
We all enjoyed just spending a little time enjoying the tranquility of the park. I’ve no idea why I’ve never been there before. It’s an ideal spot for a picnic, and one we will have to explore more in the summer holidays.
There were flowers to be spotted at every turn along the pathways.
We walked through the middle of University Parks and headed down to the High Bridge which straddles the River Cherwell. Monkey had spotted some punts and watched on with interest.
I wished I had a longer lens on my camera as we spotted a number of different birds in the trees, from Chaffinch to Robin, Tits and Sparrows. We stood on the bridge and watched our feathered friends flit from tree to tree.
There was just time for Monkey to pick a Daisy or two before we headed back into the busy streets of Oxford.
A first visit to Oxford University Parks went down well with us all. It was all too brief and we will definitely be back in the weeks ahead to explore this little hidden treasure.