Category Archives: walk

Marina Park almost accessible again

Marina Park
During the lockdown there continue to be more people out on most walking routes, that includes quite a few walking to and from the Marina Park. It had been out of bounds for a couple of weeks and is now just about accessible without wellington boots.
Marina Park
Instead of the group of five swans there were just two when we arrived. One of them, probably the adult male, was splashing about furiously.
Marina Park
Two other swans swam over, and instead of a family welcome the adult male chased one of them away. He did not seem to worry about the other youngster. So perhaps one was looking rather too adult, while the other still looked young enough not to worry about.
Marina Park
There is also a boat run aground off Marina Park.

If anybody gets the Cumnor Parish News then they will know a lot about the goings and comings at the Marina Park. There is a piece written by one of the boat owners about life on a boat in the marina. It is very well written.

Footpath to Shippon

Wildmoor
Nowadays an old wooden style near the Wootton Road roundabout makes one end of an old right of way between garden fences. The footpath bypasses the obsolete style, and may have previously gone further.
Wildmoor
The path is behind the houses of Bourlon Wood, one of a number of roads in this area named after WWI battlefields. It also passes an area of green, half of which is surrounded by a fence with a notice saying ‘No Dogs’. There is no play equipment.
Wildmoor
The right of way comes out near a footbridge over the A34 that heads over to Shippon. Crossing the Copenhagen Drive can be difficult at this point as it is part of the Abingdon outer circular way.
Wildmoor
The footbridge also connects Abingdon to the Wildmoor Allotments, owned by Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council.
Wildmoor
I believe the council lease the allotments from a local farmer.
Wildmoor
The footpath runs between fields
Wildmoor
and comes out on the drive of Stowford House Care Home in Shippon on the Faringdon Road.

The Faringdon Road connects Shippon and Abingdon by way of a bridge over the A34 and Copenhagen Drive.

Ice and Birds

Ice and Birds
Temperatures have not gone much over freezing since Sunday’s snow. There are still places where it is icy and slippery under foot and where caution is required. I have had many unexpected slips on ice in the past, starting with a broken arm falling off my tricycle – aged four.

Yesterday we walked through the Abbey Gardens and along the Mill Stream and beyond.
Ice and Birds
There were two swans near the concrete bridge near the swimming pool.
Ice and Birds
A heron was stood further along, partly hidden.
Ice and Birds
At Barton Fields there were lots of small birds on the bird feeders.
Ice and Birds
Robins were singing along most of the route. One at Radley Lakes stayed long enough for a picture.
Ice and Birds
Most of the birds were some way away at Thrupp Lake but the ice did mean the very muddy parts were not quite so muddy.

Coming back along the cycle way, a red sign indicated Abingdon as 1.75 miles away. So that made yesterday’s walk about 4 miles and we got home without falling.

Path Clearance and Path Blocking

Cut Bushes
There is a stack like a large bonfire in the field alongside Mill Road and by the River Ock.
Cut Bushes
A nearby footpath easily gets grown over, and the stack appears to be the cuttings, chippings and choppings.
Cut Bushes
During the first lockdown part of the walk had been fenced off and now the dogleg path round some garden decking has been reinstated.

We walked it yesterday. It is narrow and so not ideal in these social distance days but we got all the way without meeting anybody.
Cut Bushes
On the way home I read a couple of notices stuck to a car windscreen. The car was parked against a kerb lowered to allow wheelchair access.

It is easily done in error but is more than a moral issue. Rule 243 of the Highway Code identifies where you are not allowed to park. One of the restrictions is that you can’t part where the kerb is lowered to provide easier access for wheelchairs and powered mobility vehicles.