Last year the cycle path through the Abbey Grounds and Barton Fields was much improved with rubber tarmac. The border of Barton Fields was seeded with wild flowers beside the cycle path.
After Barton Fields the cycle path becomes muddy and overgrown until you get to the tarmac cycle path beside Thrupp Lake.
Today the bright sunshine on Thrupp lake was dazzling.
There is a beach area on Thrupp Lake, popular with young families and water birds. A dozen juvenile swans were there today, with a similar number of geese and ducks.
A mound of crushed bricks and breeze blocks are all that remains of Sandles, the house with fabulous lake views. It was bought, along with the lake, by NPower when they planned this to become a site for putting the fly ash produced by the coal fire Power Station at Didcot. There was a determined campaign to stop them, run by the community group Save Radley Lakes. The lake is now looked after by The Earth Trust with the help of the Friends of Radley Lakes and the blessing of NPower who no longer burn coal at Didcot.
This is the view of Thrupp Lake from the top of the heap that was once Sandles.
For a short time in 2007 it was occupied by Greenpeace protestors – squatting until a court order allowed NPower bailiffs to throw them out. After that the bailiffs patrolled the lake in hi viz jackets and balaclavas and stopped further occupations until it was decided the lake could remain as a lake. The house was eventually torn down.