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Oxford - Appleford Thames Hike with Picnic & Swimming- 14 Miles (22km)

  • Jun 15, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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The Great British Summer is finally here, so surely it is time to push the boat out with a picnic, wholesome fun in the park and outdoor swimming!

We will also enjoy a hearty stroll along a delightful and historic stretch of England's longest river. We will start by taking in the "city of dreaming spires" and admiring the buildings of the oldest university in the English speaking world.  We will aim to get onto the Thames path at an early enough hour to avoid the worst of the tourist crush and briskly proceed to our late picnic lunch stop at around 14:30.  En route we will stop for toilets and drinks only at a riverside pub, have an opportunity for a quick "wild swim" and reflect on the power of the "Sandford Lasher", the highest weir & lock on the river and the scene of many tragic drownings. 

Our picnic destination is a riverside park close to Abingdon town centre, where the energetic can enjoy park games, or swim in the unusually shaped, but heated outdoor pool (£4 extra admission). In the unlikely event of a hailstorm, we will divert to a pub for lunch.

This walk is relatively long, but there are no significant hills and the paths are well surfaced.

As usual, our hike is train assisted to and from London. Our train departs from London Paddington, platform 10, at 09:21 and is due to arrive in Oxford at 10:19.  The cost, including the return train tickets (travelling as a group), is £15.  The organisers will purchase the tickets for the group - please pay them in cash on the train.  I am aiming to end the hike at Appleford station in time to catch the 18:17 train, arriving back in London at 19:14. Due to the irregular train timetable, any post hike socialising will be back in London. 

If, like me, you need a coffee to join the land of the living at this time of the morning, getting a free Bite card gets you 20% off at many station outlets:

Extra things to bring this time:

  1. Picnic blanket, food and drinks - sharing is encouraged!
  2. Park game, such as a frisbee
  3. Swimming gear - pool shoes are recommended for anyone up for a river dip

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  • Katie

    Thank you Andy for a great lead of the walk and thank you everyone else for your company. Life seems so dull after those exciting stories in Consequences!

    June 17, 2013

  • Emmylou

    Thanks for a great walk - I particularly appreciated the swims! And the lovely group of people.

    June 17, 2013

  • vanessa

    Very pretty walk - I also like that we didn't let the rain stop us!

    June 17, 2013

  • Debbie

    Lovely day, thank you!

    June 16, 2013

  • Paul R

    Very enjoyable hike even with the odd shower, lovely people to converse with and the swim at Abingdon was great, thanks Andy.

    June 16, 2013

  • Dave

    I really enjoyed the day - from the scrabble on the train in first class, our lunchtime pub, the pool to the post hike drink & bites back at Paddington. Lovely group of folks, good conversation and some great laughs. Thanks Andy for all of your organising. As I said on the tube, I really appreciate all of the efforts you guys put into organizing these events and making it so easy & enjoyable for us to participate. Looking forward to more.

    June 16, 2013

  • Lotta

    What a great idea to combine a country walk with swimming - loved it! Interesting conversations, magical scenery and a very mixed bag of weather (Scrabble and consequences go without saying) made it a very memorable day!

    June 16, 2013

  • Gabb

    Lovely time despite being soaked to the bone. Great peeps :)

    June 15, 2013

  • Katharina

    Thanks Andy, it was a lovely day out! Good idea to go along the Thames! Keep it up! :) Thanks to all for the lovely company!

    June 15, 2013

  • iain

    Can no longer attend

    June 12, 2013

  • Kowalik Grzegorz changed the location for this Meetup

    June 10, 2013

  • Marion

    I wanted to make some witty remark about your definition of summer, but since you actually said 'the Great British Summer' I whole-heartedly agree.

    1 · May 22, 2013

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