This evening I went for a walk along the Ock Valley Walk. Most people were either out with their dogs, or running or cycling.
Somebody had discarded today’s Oxford Mail. The front page was about the fallout, on Cancer research jobs in Oxford, from the virus.
A mother duck, with four ducklings, got very agitated and noisy towards a ginger cat – who was attempting to follow them from the bank near the Meadowside houses.
The walk is between two rivers. Trees arch high over you on the end furthest from town. At the town end there are younger trees and the path divides in two. A trail, with wood chip laid by the Green Gym, follows the top river. The main path follows the lower river.
People and dogs are so happy now that the Ock Valley Walk has re-opened here in Abingdon.
Blossoms brighten the way.
The River Ock trickles by on both sides, the higher stream and the lower stream. They cascade together at two different weirs along the route
Then there is all the wildlife that has got used to humans not being about. This little muntjac looked a bit worried by the sight of me.
Thank you to Elizabeth for this picture of the bridge being replaced at the town end of the Ock Valley Walk. The work happened yesterday. Elizabeth says she is delighted, as will be many other people, that the much loved walk is open again after a long closure.
The previous bridge was vandalised and closed almost six months ago.
Both the Head of the River rowing, and the Home Guard at Abingdon Lock have been cancelled because of the wet conditions. Here is a video showing some of the recent water from the River Thames and River Ock, mostly shot at various weirs.
It was early closing at 6pm at Tesco on Easter Monday. Anybody going back by bike or foot had to think twice before going along by the River Ock.
The River Ock had burst its banks and so the Marcham Road was the only route.
Beyond the Drayton Road the River Ock was running fast. It was within its banks, and so there does not look like any danger to properties.
One sporting event has been cancelled. The Head of the River rowing event, planned for Sunday, 8th April, has been cancelled with great regret. The River Thames usually reaches a high water mark 2 or 3 days after the River Ock, and even if the River were row-able by next Sunday the fields would be too wet to take cars with trailers.