"I liked the horizontal bands of colour contrasting with the stark vertical branches of the trees." J J Marshall
URBANPIX CAPTION for this Oxford card:
Christ Church Meadow is the private property of Christ Church, but public access is allowed from early morning until dusk. The Meadow has changed little since medieval times. It remains an important flood meadow and popular walking and picnic spot in the heart of the city; cattle are still grazed here. People stroll along Broad Walk towards the Botanic Gardens, or down the tree-lined avenue of New Walk that takes you from the Meadow Buildings to the River Isis; whilst on the wall alongside Dead Man’s Walk you will find a plaque commemorating James Sadler’s balloon ascent in 1784.
There are several entrances to the Meadow: through the iron gates in St Aldates, via Merton Grove in Merton St, Rose Lane off the High and by The Head of the River pub. The Meadow can also be accessed via a punt on the rivers Isis and Cherwell that border the Meadow.
Oxford University is synonymous with rowing, and College boathouses can be found on the island at the confluence of the rivers Isis and Cherwell. Whilst many people enjoy the summer rowing spectacle of Eights Week, fewer witness the impressive sight of rowers training on the cold, dark, foggy winter mornings with only the headlights on their boats announcing their presence.
Christ Church Meadow, Oxford