- Start: 21 miles from Bloxham
- Length of walk: 4.12 miles ( 6.6 km)
- Vey flat
- Dog friendly
The starting point is Eynsham (or Egonesham) which is mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon chronicles. About 1005 a Benedictine Abbey was founded there and parish boundaries defined.
Part of the walk is along the Thames Path which is is a National Trail that follows the river from the Cotswolds to the Thames Barrier.
The manual beam pound lock at Pinkhill was built in 1791. Whilst it looks pretty much as it would have in the 18C merchant’s barges are replaced by pleasure craft. The stone lock keeper’s house dates from 1932.
We leave the Thames Path at the Swinford Toll Bridge which was built under a
special Act of Parliament and opened in 1769 to replace an dangerous ferry system in which several people had lost their lives.
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1. Leave car park into Clover Place. Left down Wastie Lane to Acre End Street.
2. Turn eft in Acre End Street and then Right into Station Rd.
3. After about 300m turn left onto a footpath and follow the brook into a playing field. Carry straight on, following field edge to a bridge.
4. Into a playing field and along hedge to the road.
5. Cross the road and go through kissing gate and SE along field.
6. Cross the field to a bridge in the left corner.
7. Cross the next field on a diagonal footpath
7a And similarly the next.
8. Through kissing gate into Pinkhill lane.
8a Turn left over an iron bridge and then right diagonally to corner of field
9. Left (E) onto field edge path. A stile leads into a narrow meadow and on through a gateway.
10. Head east towards the bridge.
10a Cross stream then turn right and follow stream to kissing gate. Cross field to bridge over Pinkhill weir.
11. Cross bridge over Pinkhill Weir
12. At the road turn left and head along it for a short distance.
14. Left again to the Caribbean Marina.Turn right and follow the Thames back to the bridge.
15. Over another stream before heading up to the road at the toll bridge. Turn right and head NW over the toll bridge and back to Eynsham continuing NW over the roundabout.
Click here for a Google satellite map of the walk.
Ordnance Survey map
You need OS Map 180 SP435095.
You can get an on-line copy here