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Bank Holiday Walks

On Monday there were the Friends of Abingdon Bank Holiday Walks. In the morning I saw them leaving at 10:30 on what was a sunny day:
Bank Holiday Walks
The 1556 Boundary Walk – with Councillor Helen Pighills and the Town Crier.
Bank Holiday Walks
The Lost Abbey Tour – with Ian Jardine, of the Twin Towns Society
Bank Holiday Walks
Alternative Flowerbeds – with Cliff Marshall of Abingdon Carbon Cutters
Bank Holiday Walks
Rivers of Abingdon – with Martin Buckland, an enthusiast from the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust.

I did not get pictures of the afternoon walks as I was holding a board saying  Art About Abingdon and led that walk. It was based on the Art About Abingdon leaflet the Vale produced about ten years ago. It was interesting researching more detail on the artworks.

8 Comments May 28, 2019

A Circular Walk – Abingdon via Sutton Courtenay

A Circular Walk
The walk starts from Abingdon Bridge and is along the Thames Path, passing St Helen’s Church on the right.
A Circular Walk
Near where a board walk has been  placed over some boggy ground, Abingdon Marina comes into view on the other bank.
A Circular Walk
Just before the red DANGER sign, in the middle of the river – where the navigation channel to Culham Lock divides from the main flow, there is a cutting, in the opposite bank, that will one day become the Wilts and Berks Canal.
A Circular Walk
Follow the Thames Path until you come to a steep up and over footbridge. Turn right over the bridge and follow the path by the hydroelectric power generator, round Sutton Pools towards Sutton Courtenay. On reaching a road turn right. All Saints church is sometimes open and worth a look round. There is information about Eric Blair (pen name George Orwell) in the church. His gravestone is in the churchyard with other celebrities including Herbert Asquith, Primeminister 1908 to 1916; David Astor, newspaper publisher; and less well known, but very pretty with the snow drops rounds the gravestone, is the painter, Joyce Haddon.
A Circular Walk
Continue along the road over Ginge Brook until you come to a turning for Peep-o-Day Lane / Sustrans Route 5. Peep-o-Day starts as a causeway, and then becomes a road for a while – quite wet and muddy with lorries going from and to the quarry. Then after some concrete blocks the way  turns back to a cycle / footpath.
A Circular Walk
Beyond the quarry there are some private fishing lakes to your right. One is called Phil’s Lake. The water treatment works to your left can smell a little. Then comes Abingdon Marina.
A Circular Walk
Follow the road until you come back into Abingdon and the view of St Helen’s Church.

The circular walk is probably about 5-6 miles and very pleasant on a sunny day.

7 Comments January 17, 2019

Christian Aid walk

Christian Aid walk
An alternative to the Boundary Walk was the Christian Aid walk from which Jane sent pictures. The sponsored walk started from the Peachcroft Christian Centre, and was well attended. Walkers could either get sponsors before the event or simply turn up and make a donation.
Christian Aid walk
The walk took a route through Sunningwell, and Boars Hill, with refreshments at Bayworth Baptist chapel, and then back to North Abingdon.

Leave a Comment January 2, 2019

Happy New Year – 2019 – with a walk and a dance

Happy New Year
On New Years Day 2019 people met on Abingdon Market Place to walk the Boundaries of Abingdon, granted by Queen Mary as part of the 1556 Abingdon Charter of Incorporation.
Happy New Year
The walk included talks by Councillor Helen Pighills at various stopping places. She would read the description of the boundary from the charter, try to make sense of it in terms of 2019 landmarks, and then give some interesting historical background.
Happy New Year
The Town Crier accompanied the walk and gave a cry at each stopping place.
Happy New Year
The day was mild and the ground dry and so many more people made it all the way round (compared to the very wet walk last year).
Happy New Year
At lunchtime Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers were performing
Happy New Year
and dancing outside The Punchbowl and round the town centre.

Here is the Town Crier wishing people a Happy New Year during the Boundary Walk…
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1 Comment January 1, 2019

Birthday Walk


It was my wife’s birthday and after a meal near Oxford we went on a birthday walk beside the River Thames in Abingdon. St Helen’s Wharf was busy with birds after a boat stopped to feed them.

We walked over the bridge and along the causeway towards Culham.

Then we walked back along by the River Thames. There were huge mounds of wild Michaelmas Daisies beside the River, and out on the River oarsmen from Abingdon School were rowing by Abingdon Marina.

As we got near town my wife took this picture of The Old Anchor Inn.

I took one of the tall almshouse chimneys, looking like spaghetti in the River.

She took one of Abingdon Bridge.

The meal was at the Trout Inn. My wife is reading La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman, where the Trout Inn features extensively.  She says there are also mentions of Abingdon – there could be a future blog post about The Book of Dust – Abingdon.

3 Comments September 26, 2018

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