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Christ Church Meadow, Oxford

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Christ Church Meadow is a well-known flood-meadow, and popular walking and picnic spot in Oxford, England.Roughly triangular in shape it is bounded by the River Thames (the stretch through Oxford being known as "The Isis"), the River Cherwell, and Christ Church. The meadow provides access to many of the college boat houses which are on an island at the confluence of the two rivers. The lower sections of the meadow, close to the Thames, are grazed by cattle, while the upper sections have sports fields. Broad Walk is at the northern edge with Merton Field to the north and Merton College, dominated by the tower of Merton College Chapel, beyond that.Christ Church Meadow is owned by Christ Church, and is thus the private property of the college, however access is allowed during the day. Access starts very early to allow rowers to go to the boathouses. Eights Week and Torpids, Oxford University's two main rowing events, and Christ Church Regatta are held on the Thames here. In past times, ornamental wooden barges were moored on the river here to store boats and house spectators. However these have all now been replaced by boathouses.
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  • Spent the weekend in Oxford wandering around the city when we came across this lovely place. The walk around is just amazing (obviously helped by the fact it was really hot and sunny), along side the ...  more »
  • A walk through the meadow provides a picturesque view of Oxford and its many spires. With punting and rowers on the River Thames, the meadow is a must-see part of Oxford. Absolutely beautiful on a sun...  more »
  • ....... and listen to the chaos of crashing 'punters' on the river! A very mellow meadow nonetheless.  more »
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  • Right in the centre and free entrance independent from the entrance to the college. The grounds are well maintained, and only very few parts have the "please keep off the grass" signs, which mean you can lay down and relax on its lawns, some of them facing the college, others the Thames and others the meadows... Plus, during the warm months you can see the cows grazing there!
  • A very beautiful and peaceful walk, especially in the non-winter months. There can be quite a few people in the summer with the tourist season at its peak, but it is nonetheless charming. Walking around the meadow, you'll most likely spot people punting down the river on one side of the path and cows grazing on the other.
  • Great fun place, little bit of wilderness in the middle of Oxford
  • Beautiful, well kept meadows. Great place for a morning run or a picnic. Does get busy with tourists n the middle of the day - but it's easy to keep walking and leave them behind.
  • Lovely scenic walk just minutes away from busy town centre.