This lovely area in Oxford has nice walking trails along the Thames and attractive meadowland with grazing ponies and horses.
The walk starts from the car park near Jericho and follows the Thames through the meadow to Gorstow Lock and the remains of Gorstow Abbey. You then head past Wolvercote Common before returning to the car park.
It's a really pretty area with carpets of buttercups in the summer and a variety of wildlife to look out for. Horses, cattle and geese graze the meadow and various birds can be spotted around the water and meadow. It is thought that this area of the Thames is where Lewis Carroll first made up the story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
If you'd like to continue your waterside walking in the area then you could pick up the Oxford Canal or the Thames Path which run past the meadow.
Just to the west you will find the expansive Wytham Woods where there's 1000 acres of mixed woodland to explore.
You can virtually explore the area using the street view link below!
PostcodeOX2 0NJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Port Meadow Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Port Meadow Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Port Meadow OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Port Meadow Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
After your walk head to the noteworthy Perch Inn in Binsey for some well earned refreshments. The thatched 17th-century country inn is one of the oldest pubs in Oxford. It has a great menu and a splendid, large garden to sit out and relax in during the warmer months. Notably, the pub was a frequent haunt of Inspector Morse from the famous ITV series of the 80s and 90s. You can find it on Binsey Lane at postcode OX2 0NG.
The meadow is the perfect place for a dog walk and the Perch is also a dog friendly pub. As there are cattle and horses on the meadow, please keep your dog under control.