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Photo of Old Poud - River Thames

The River Thames flows within a few hundred yards of the town centre, spanned by the medieval bridges which give Bridge Street its name. You can be watching the bustle of the market place over a cappuccino at 11am; striding out along the Thames Path by 11.05am. It’s a unique market town where the countryside sits on the doorstep, and the rural riverbanks look across at the medieval wharf of St Helens. The rushing water of the lock and weir falls into the main flow less than half a mile up-river from town. Canoeists practise on the tumbling water, as holiday narrowboats pull up for water and supplies. Hardy outdoor swimmers can wave from the safety of the outdoor pool to the hired boats chugging past on the river.

Abingdon-on-Thames is on Route Five national cycle route from London to Oxford which links with the canal path to Banbury, Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham. The town is on three rivers - Ock and Stert lead into the Thames - and on three national trails. Thames Path, Oxfordshire Way, Vale Way.

There is more useful information for anyone planning to explore on foot or plan a walking holiday on the National Trails website or for a quick summary please download the leaflet pdf below.

For a circular walk using part of the Thames Path get a copy of the Abingdon Waterways Walk from local bookshops, priced £2. (approximately 8 Miles). 

The town Visitor Information Centre will have details of the many led walks including those offered each second and fourth Thursday and a new Tuesday walk from the Market Place. Health walks start at the Leisure Centre.

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