"Folly Bridge to Iffley Lock" Top 5 Page for this destination River Thames Tip by King_Golo

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  Iffley Lock
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  • Iffley Lock - Oxford
      Iffley Lock
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  • Graveyard of St. Mary's in Iffley - Oxford
      Graveyard of St. Mary's in Iffley
    by King_Golo

One of the nicest walks in Oxford takes you down river Thames towards Iffley Lock. It's approximately 3km long, if you start at Folly Bridge. You walk on the Thames Path, a hiking trail, all the way - and could go on until London, if you wish to do so.

Starting on Folly Bridge, go down towards the river on the side opposite the city centre. First you will recognize many rowers on the river as well as their coaches accompanying them by bike on the same path you walk on. Further down the path you'll see the college's boathouses, one next to another. On your side of the river, only the modernist University College boathouse is found while on the other side of the river other colleges have their boathouses. Walking further, you will soon come to several smaller nature protection areas. Just behind Donnington Bridge, Iffley Meadows is one of them. In spring and summer, the meadow is in full bloom due to a number of rather rare plants growing there. From here, it's only a few steps further to Iffley Lock (if you don't get distracted at the Isis Boathouse!). Iffley Lock is still active today and boats passing through it are a common sight.

Most people would stop their walk here, but I recommend going on a little further. Cross the river at Iffley Lock and follow the signs towards St. Mary's church in Iffley. It was built in the 12th century, but compared with other churches from that time is rather undecorated. Nevertheless, it is a nice little sight that hardly any tourist visits.

From Iffley's church, you can either walk back the same way, or go on through the village with its nice old houses, among them even some with a thatched roof.

Address: Oxford
Directions: along river Thames, starting at Folly Bridge close to the city centre and going down all the way to Iffley Lock

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  • Updated Feb 8, 2014
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