For four Sundays we have walked the 2.5 miles to church. At first we walked through the center of Oxford, but recently we found a less busy route. Let me take you with us.
First we walk through the streets of Jericho where we live, past the ales and fine food.
We cross a bridge and walk alongside the canal. (Oxford is called Oxford because it was a place where they would cross oxen through the Thames River. Swineford is another city where they would cross the pigs. I’m glad I live in Oxford.)
We cross another bridge and walk under the train tracks. Often there is a train rumbling above us. Then over a rainbow bridge.
We keep following the canal.
We will soon cross that bridge up ahead and get onto Botley Road.Crossing Botley Road.Usually this road is very busy with traffic, but on Sunday mornings it isn’t so bad.Another bridge.Another row of houses.
We pass by a loch where they raise and lower the water level to let boats from one canal onto another.Yet another bridge.Then through a small grove and a meadow. Danny also uses this route to ride his bike to school. Danny’s school is just after this meadow. Another row of houses.
When we pass the duck pond . . . we are almost there . . . But first we have to pass a steaming, inviting swimming pool. Come on, Danny! And sometimes we see old men sailing little boats on the Thames.
Then down the straight and narrow path . . .And we reach our destination. We take off our walking shoes and put on our church shoes. Then after church we do it all again!
6 responses to “Walking to Church in Oxford”
That was a very fun morning walk. Thank you.
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Admire the glorious path! And the distance! Whoa!
What a scenic walk. Thanks for taking us with you:)
What a delightful experience I’ve had enjoying your blog posts!! Our family (I’m married with 4 kids) lived in Oxford from January 2012 until the summer of 2013. Following that, we lived in Esher, Surrey for a few years. Anyway, while in Oxford, one son attended New Hinksey Primary School for a while, then was transferred to St. Aloysius. We had a daughter at St. Barnabas. We’re LDS and love that ward so much! We lived in Jericho-on Cranham street and then Juxon street. A flood of memories came when I saw your blog!! My brother knows your husband from high school sports-he shared your blog with me. Email me (sisajill @ yahoo . com) if I can be of any help to you!! Carry on Awesome Oxford Mother (“Mum!”)!! Blow a kiss into the sweet Oxford wind for me! I sure love that amazing city.
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I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! We are loving Oxford so much. You are so lucky to have been here for so long. I don’t think four months is going to be long enough for me…
This post is adorable– and the pictures make it super fun.