Lake ?

April 18, 2016

Radley Lakes
Radley’s former Lakes H and I were filled in with PFA ash from Didcot A Power Station in 2005. Until recently there has been a high fences all the way round H and I. Now there are lower fences, but people are still warned not to enter because of soft ground and deep water.
Radley Lakes
Lifebuoys have gone missing at some locations round the former lakes, but there are other lifebuoys in case anybody does climb the fence and get into difficulties in the boggy ash.
Radley Lakes
Silver Birch trees are colonising a lot of the former lakes. The Birch is a very successful native tree, a pioneer species that prepares the land for other greater trees to follow.
Radley Lakes
At one time there were a lot of Radley Lakes (Lakes A-P ) created by gravel extraction.

One small lake alongside H/I was not given a letter and did not need saving by a campaign. It has been left to its own devices. Lake ?

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5 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Michael  |  April 19, 2016 at 8:49 am

    The small shallow lake is called Lake M, also known as Orchard Lake. It has a lot of wildlife interest.

  • 2. David  |  April 19, 2016 at 9:19 am

    This beautiful shallow lake is in at risk of being drained and quarried for gravel, leaving a deep lake with little wildlife interest.

  • 3. Badger  |  April 20, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I wonder if the Sustrans cycle route which runs though the lakes will ever connect with Radley station, originally it was suggested that it might continue to the Oxford-Didcot railway line and then run along the side of it following the route of the Abingdon branch line. I guess it’s complicated to get agreement from the landowners along its length, equally the next piece between Radley and Kennington would mean one could cycle Abingdon to Oxford traffic free.

  • 4. Pat  |  April 22, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Badger, wouldn’t it be good if you could cross the river to Culham as well via a foot/cycle bridge next to the railway bridge? That railway bridge will have to be adapted if they eventually electrify the Paddington – Birmingham line.

  • 5. Badger  |  April 22, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Pat – Interesting but as with the Sustrans route being extended north I think it may (excuse the pun) be a bridge too far. The ability to cross the river at that point would of course potentially provide commuters to Culham another traffic free cycle route to work if well enough connected south of the river, if all that were to happen I might well have to consume an edible cycle helmet!

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