Sat Jul 27th
Free to members and prospective members, £6 supplement for attendees from Meetup. Ferry fare £13, return train fare £18 with group ticket or railcard.
A perfect summer day walk from Oxford to Abingdon with the option of returning by ferry. The walk starts from Oxford station and follows the Isis (name for Thames in Oxford) for 9 miles to Abingdon passing many locks, rowing clubs, churches and wild flower meadows along the way. We will have a picnic lunch near the charming village of Sandford (riverside Kings Arms pub as possible drinks stop). At Abingdon there is time to visit the famous Abbey and the rose gardens with a pub stop before we board the boat. The ferry departs Abingdon at 4:45pm to arrive back at Oxford at 6:30pm. The ferry has a bar and roof deck to enjoy the views as we glide along to Oxford for trains back to London. For those not taking the ferry, there are regular buses back to Oxford from Abingdon market place.
Packed lunch, pubs on route
Meet at Paddington (outside WHSmith on concourse) after 9:00am to get group tickets. GWR train departs 9:50am arrives Oxford 10:50am. Option to travel via Ealing and other stations on way. Also option to go on Chiltern Line Services from Marylebone (9.35am departure) which also goes to Oxford via High Wycombe. Can join this service at Northolt Park & West Ruislip with a change at Gerrards Cross. Regular trains back from Oxford to Paddington or Marylebone. Return tickets for group discount or railcard £18.
11:00am prompt at Oxford station, postcode OX2 OAH
Around 4:30pm at Abingdon Boat Pier, postcode OX14 3HP