I’m conscious of the fact that there is so much of Oxfordshire that we haven’t explored. I think, like most people we tend to have our adventures away from home. Often ignoring what’s on our doorstep. This became glaringly apparent following a recent review trip to The Perch on the outskirts of Oxford a few weeks ago. The pub restaurant had a pathway leading out from its garden and we wanted to see where it led. All three of us just went Wow! Discovering Port Meadow for the first time was such a delight.
Over the years I’ve heard mention of Port Meadow and I’ve even been guilty of driving past on my way to The Trout in Wolvercote for lunch a number of times. But never have I actually stopped, and admired it in all its glory. What a mistake.
We’d enjoyed a hearty Sunday lunch and really needed to walk it off on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon. On leaving The Perch we were faced with the River Thames and 440 acres of Port Meadow that spread out before us. It really was a delight. Which way to turn? We decided to head away from the city of Oxford and towards Wolvercote and explore.
Looking across the river we could see horses and cows merrily grazing. It was all so unexpected.
The area is so tranquil, and it was hard to believe that we were only a 5 minute drive from the city centre of Oxford.
Discovering Port Meadow for the first time was a joy. We spent ages just looking over at the animals, it was such a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.
Every so often we’d see one of the horses or cows go for a paddle and a drink, much to Monkey’s delight.
Of course no walk with Monkey could possibly be complete without a stick and he was soon to be found brandishing one. This way!
The pathway follows the river as it meanders along, sometimes close by and sometimes through the trees. It was perfect for exploring and dragging Daddy P along, with the occasional stop for a little covert digging!
We weren’t the only ones enjoying the sunshine at Port Meadow, along with the horses and cows, we spotted ducks, geese and a whole host of swans.
If I’d been prepared I’d have bought some pots with us as so many people were out blackberry picking. We made do with a few tasting stops along the way instead.
It looked as if others have enjoyed camp fire dinners too. We stopped to remember our own fire making adventures at Conkers some time back.
In fact on discovering Port Meadow for the first time, we soon realised that it was the perfect place to just stop and watch the world go by.
To enjoy the nature all around us.
We even got to look at little fishes swimming along at the water’s edge.
All this, whilst enjoying looking at others messing about on the river.
Discovering Port Meadow for the first time really was a great surprise. We’ve since been told of a car park close to Wolvercote and will be returning to walk along the river and explore Port Meadow in more detail. We will return!
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