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Joint Evening Walk - Thrupp - 4 miles

Evening Walks

This is a joint walk run together with the WOW group and is open to members of both groups.



Walk Background

Rail disasters continue to make newspaper headlines, but train crashes are nothing new, so as you reach the closing stages of this very pleasant waterside walk, pause for a moment and allow the imagination picture what happened here more than 138 years ago, when in 1874, about noon on Christmas Eve, with heavy snow on the ground, a Midlands bound train had a broken wheel-tire on the extra carriage it was carrying and plunged down the embankment beside the Oxford Canal. 30 passengers died, more than 70 were injured and it was regarded as the worst crash in railway history in Victorian times, and  Queen Victoria sent a message of sympathy to all involved.

This walk visits field and waterside paths (River Cherwell), canal towpath (Oxford Canal) and has 16 stiles.


Start Point

We meet by the car park of The Boat Inn, Canal Road, Thrupp, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 1JY (as shown in the place link above).

We start the walk at 7PM sharp. (Please try to ensure you're at the start point at least 5 mins beforehand).

Level of difficulty: Easy

Dog friendliness: under control on towpath and on lead near livestock

Estimated walk end time: 8:45PM


Drinks After Walk

Afterwards, we will visiting a nearby pub for a drink, if enough people want to, but it's not obligatory.


These evening walks are free although we would welcome a small(ish) donation, which goes towards ongoing overhead costs associated with the Meetup service and ancillary costs, or/and you could buy the walk leader a drink too .

For new members or walkers, please read the Walkers Guide thread in the forum.


Contact Number

My mobile number is [masked] for notification of delay or cancellation, or help with directions if lost.

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  • John M.

    Some might say, 'the more, the merrier' but despite there only being four of us, for this'un, still had a good time! (Despite the rain shower)! Thanks for organising Beth, thanks for the lift too.

    May 24, 2013

  • John M.

    Hi Beth. Going from my railway knowlage here, Thrupp was just north of Wolvercote Junct, before you get to Tackley. I'm guessing that's right? The best i can do is find a bus to catch, to somewhere like Kidlington, find the canal, THEN find Annie's Tea Room? Map DNW see! That's right innit?

    May 21, 2013

    • Beth E.

      The corner of Becket Street opposite the rail station at 6.30pm would be fine by me as I finish work at 4 o'clock. That would give us plenty of time to get through traffic and get to the walk start in time.

      May 22, 2013

    • John M.

      Brilliant... Thanks Beth... Becket St it is! Don't really know exactly where that is but there's a street finder thing at the station. I'll see you there. :-)

      May 23, 2013

  • Sue B.

    Sorry. Baby sitting otherwise would love to.

    May 20, 2013

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