Category Archives: walk

Abingdon Footpath 1 Revisited

Abingdon Footpath 1 Revisited
The footpath starts off near Allparts on the Ashville Trading Estate. The red line on the map, taken from https://footpathmap.co.uk, shows that a lot of its length is through houses.
Abingdon Footpath 1 Revisited
After the electricity substation on Byron Close, the footpath heads between the back garden fences of Byron Close and Ely Close.
Abingdon Footpath 1 Revisited
It then opens up a little as the path skirts fields. I have seen it overgrown on some occasions but this year it looks well cut back and walkable in all but one place.

I was sent an email at the start of the lockdown saying that the path had been blocked by a fence. I walked the path for the first time this evening. It is a little dangerous to clamber over one obstacle.
Abingdon Footpath 1 Revisited
There used to be a dogleg route round the foundation of a WWII shelter. The path has been blocked at this point before and opened up again at the insistence of Oxfordshire County Council. The email is asking for pressure to be put on Oxfordshire County Council so that it is opened again.
Abingdon Footpath 1 Revisited
The footpath appears to follow closely the towpath of the old Wilts and Berks Canal and passes another WWII Pillbox.
Abingdon Footpath 1 Revisited
At the far end is Mill Road.

Evening Walk – Abingdon Bridge and Prize Sudoku

Evening Walk
Abingdon nightlife is still closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and there were a lot of people out walking this evening on the banks of the River Thames in Abingdon.
Evening Walk
We crossed Abingdon Bridge.
Evening Walk
Then walked along, seeing St Helen’s Church silhouetted with the sun setting behind.
Evening Walk
Somebody has hung up masks from a tree, and they caught the last sun of the day.
Evening Walk
We then walked back towards Abingdon Lock. There were lots of geese and insects about in Rye Farm Meadow.
Evening Walk
The Environment Agency said on May 7th ‘Government restrictions due to Coronavirus 2020: these restrictions aim to stop all non-essential travel and minimise contact to slow the spread of the virus. A transit van is blocking navigation in the Iffley reach. Osney Lock has a mechanical failure. Sandford and Abingdon Locks have been damaged through misuse. Marsh Lock currently has a tree blocking vessel passage. Sunbury Lock has a sunken boat in the main channel above the lock cut.’

The water in Abingdon Lock is looking stagnant through not being used.
Evening Walk
There is a long narrow pathway over the weir and people walk both ways, and so advice is given on observing social distancing rules. Evening Walk
Back in Abingdon there is a shop in Lombard Street that is between lessees, and the windows have been covered with newspapers from April 1st and before.
Evening Walk
It includes Prize Sudoku and people panic buying toilet paper.

These days the supermarket shelves are full of toilet paper. When I went shopping last week, for a house I support, the things on the list that I could not find were self raising flour, and soda crystals. It varies. The previous time it was eggs and frozen fruit.

Abingdon Health Walks

Abingdon Health Walks
The Abingdon Health Walks scheme offers three walks a week from the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre (Monday, Wednesday and Fridays – 10.15 am meet in the café); and a Gentle Walk  from Preston Road Community Centre (Thursday).

The walks do not cost anything but you do need to register with them beforehand.  BETTER who run the leisure centre, has recently helped by providing public liability insurance and DBS checks for walk leaders – things necessary these days, so walks can continue as they have since Viv Boorman started them in 2004.
Abingdon Health Walks
They also organise social events and the photo shows 50 members on holiday in September walking the Golden Cap National Trust trail in Somerset.

To find out more information on Abingdon Health Walks, ask at the leisure centre or contact Viv Boorman (Volunteer Scheme Coordinator) by emailing vivboorman531@btinternet.com .

Bank Holiday Walks

On Monday there were the Friends of Abingdon Bank Holiday Walks. In the morning I saw them leaving at 10:30 on what was a sunny day:
Bank Holiday Walks
The 1556 Boundary Walk – with Councillor Helen Pighills and the Town Crier.
Bank Holiday Walks
The Lost Abbey Tour – with Ian Jardine, of the Twin Towns Society
Bank Holiday Walks
Alternative Flowerbeds – with Cliff Marshall of Abingdon Carbon Cutters
Bank Holiday Walks
Rivers of Abingdon – with Martin Buckland, an enthusiast from the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust.

I did not get pictures of the afternoon walks as I was holding a board saying  Art About Abingdon and led that walk. It was based on the Art About Abingdon leaflet the Vale produced about ten years ago. It was interesting researching more detail on the artworks.