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Parks and nature in Oxford

Top parks

Park
“A lovely central park which has the River Cherwell flowing through it. Great for a walk, a picnic and its so central you can mix this up with city stuff. We swim in the Cherwell here on hot days and its great.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Field
“Port Meadow is a 2 mile walk up the towpath 1.5 mile walk up the Thames Footpath. Its 900 acres are open to the public and this historic common land is used for grazing animals. Port Meadow is a popular place for river swimming and there are two pubs on hand for food and drink.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. The garden was founded in 1621 as a physic garden growing plants for medicinal research. Today it contains over 6,000 different plant species on 1.8 ha (4 1⁄2 acres). It is one of the most diverse yet compact collections of plants in the world and includes representatives from over 90% of the higher plant families. Simon Hiscock became Horti Praefectus in 2015. His predecessor, Timothy Walker, served from 1988 to 2014.[3”
  • 27 locals recommend
Trail
“This is a lovely and often overlooked part of Oxford. The country park has lots of different routes and is, just about walkable and certainly runnable from the property. You can also drive up to the top of Shotover Hill and walk from there. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“Nice big park with outdoor recreation facilities, popular with joggers and young families.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“Its a super lovely local park for a walk (about 10-15 mins from the home). But you can also get drinks/food, play tennis or table tennis, bowls. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“A great local park on the left as you leave the shopping area of Headington, opposite the Cooperative Food store. It has an enclosed children's area, and a wide open area for strolling. It also has public toilets by the roadside entrance, which are not very pleasant but serviceable and can be useful with little children in tow. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“Oxfords biggest park - its huge. Tons of ourdoor playing stuff for kids, acres of grass for playing and picnics, when its open there's a minature steam railway and cafe. ”
  • 5 locals recommend

Trails

Trail
“This is a lovely and often overlooked part of Oxford. The country park has lots of different routes and is, just about walkable and certainly runnable from the property. You can also drive up to the top of Shotover Hill and walk from there. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
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