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Evening Walk – Abingdon Bridge and Prize Sudoku

Evening Walk
Abingdon nightlife is still closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and there were a lot of people out walking this evening on the banks of the River Thames in Abingdon.
Evening Walk
We crossed Abingdon Bridge.
Evening Walk
Then walked along, seeing St Helen’s Church silhouetted with the sun setting behind.
Evening Walk
Somebody has hung up masks from a tree, and they caught the last sun of the day.
Evening Walk
We then walked back towards Abingdon Lock. There were lots of geese and insects about in Rye Farm Meadow.
Evening Walk
The Environment Agency said on May 7th ‘Government restrictions due to Coronavirus 2020: these restrictions aim to stop all non-essential travel and minimise contact to slow the spread of the virus. A transit van is blocking navigation in the Iffley reach. Osney Lock has a mechanical failure. Sandford and Abingdon Locks have been damaged through misuse. Marsh Lock currently has a tree blocking vessel passage. Sunbury Lock has a sunken boat in the main channel above the lock cut.’

The water in Abingdon Lock is looking stagnant through not being used.
Evening Walk
There is a long narrow pathway over the weir and people walk both ways, and so advice is given on observing social distancing rules. Evening Walk
Back in Abingdon there is a shop in Lombard Street that is between lessees, and the windows have been covered with newspapers from April 1st and before.
Evening Walk
It includes Prize Sudoku and people panic buying toilet paper.

These days the supermarket shelves are full of toilet paper. When I went shopping last week, for a house I support, the things on the list that I could not find were self raising flour, and soda crystals. It varies. The previous time it was eggs and frozen fruit.

6 Comments May 15, 2020

Abingdon Health Walks

Abingdon Health Walks
The Abingdon Health Walks scheme offers three walks a week from the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre (Monday, Wednesday and Fridays – 10.15 am meet in the café); and a Gentle Walk  from Preston Road Community Centre (Thursday).

The walks do not cost anything but you do need to register with them beforehand.  BETTER who run the leisure centre, has recently helped by providing public liability insurance and DBS checks for walk leaders – things necessary these days, so walks can continue as they have since Viv Boorman started them in 2004.
Abingdon Health Walks
They also organise social events and the photo shows 50 members on holiday in September walking the Golden Cap National Trust trail in Somerset.

To find out more information on Abingdon Health Walks, ask at the leisure centre or contact Viv Boorman (Volunteer Scheme Coordinator) by emailing vivboorman531@btinternet.com .

Leave a Comment November 4, 2019

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

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