Category Archives: River ock

Oh Happy Day

Ock Valley Walk
People and dogs are so happy now that the Ock Valley Walk has re-opened here in Abingdon.
Ock Valley Walk
Blossoms brighten the way.
Ock Valley Walk
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
Ock Valley Walk
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.

Bridge Open

Bridge Replaced
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.

There is Water


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.

River Ock has burst its banks near Tesco

River Ock
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.
River Ock
The River Ock had burst its banks and so the Marcham Road was the only route.
River Ock
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.
River Ock
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.

Not ready for the new £1 coin

New Pound Coin
Thanks to the Royal Mint for the new £1 coin. With the old £1 coin there was often the worry it could be a fake.

In Abingdon it was a couple of weeks, after the introduction, until we got any of the new coins.
New Pound Coin
Not all the machines are ready in time. The leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council was seen in front of one of the parking machines saying that it would not take the new coin yet.
New Pound Coin
Tesco took the decision to unlock all their trolleys until they could be adapted to the new coin. I did see one trolley in the River Ock. There must have been more.
New Pound Coin
Now a notice says “… due to trolleys being abandoned around the town and in the river, they will now be locked back up to protect the local area and environment. The trolleys accept old style £1 coins or trolley tokens …”

Path reveals a solitary killer

Path reveals a solitary killer
Running alongside Ock Street, the River Ock has two branches.
Path reveals a solitary killer
Between them lies a favorite walk of locals. It runs from St Helen’s Court in the town centre to Drayton Road.
Path reveals a solitary killer
The path is out of site of the houses because of the cover of trees. There are crack willows beside the water, and Abingdon Green Gym have planted new trees in an area between the main path and a smaller path following the upper river.
Path reveals a solitary killer
It is a place of natural beauty where wildlife can be seen. On Sunday we saw by chance a heron in action. Normally we just see herons standing waiting in the water, but this one was going for the kill.
Path reveals a solitary killer
It caught what I fear was a water vole. An expert might know better.
Path reveals a solitary killer
The heron then fought and dunked its victim repeatedly in the water. I hope it was a rat, but I fear it was a water vole.

Chaunterell Way to Tesco Ock Path Tarmacked

Ock Path improvements
One of the longest running complaints of the Tithe Farm and Ladygrove Residents association was remedied last week. Instead of a muddy uneven path beside the River Ock between Chaunterell Way and Tesco there is now a tarmac path.
Ock Path improvements
The work has been done by the Vale of the White Horse District Council.
Ock Path improvements
In the same area, alongside the Ladygrove Meadow, the Environment Agency has been clearing trees, and dredging the River Ock. I have not heard any official word about dredging but there was a large pile of mud a month ago that is now gone. This area did see flooding in 2007.