Chimney Meadows - Newbridge - Chimney Meadows

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Chimney Meadows is a nature reserve in the Upper Thames flood-plain, which is of national importance for its species-rich wetland meadows supporting large numbers of now scarce ground-nesting birds such as curlew, snipe and reed bunting. The walk heads through the nature reserve, then passes a series of lakes and eventually meets the River Windrush, which is followed until it meets the Thames at Newbridge.

Newbridge is an important crossing point over the Thames and despite the name, this is the second oldest surviving bridge to cross the Thames, the oldest being a few miles upstream from here. There is nothing else at Newbridge except for two great pubs with restaurants on opposite banks of the river: the Rose Revived and the Maybush. The former is particularly good for kids, with a children's menu, play area and secret garden.

The walk follows the Thames back to Chimney Meadows via the Thames Path. There is a ford crossing on this walk, which has ankle-deep water, so you will get your feet wet. The walk should not be attempted in winter or after heavy rain as the ford crossing may be impassable and Chimney Meadows is liable to flooding.

England - Central England - Oxfordshire - Thames Valley


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Wildlife, Woodland
5/28/2020 - victoria fox

We completed this walk on a sunny April 2020. This was very dog friendly & very easy to follow. I would highly recommend this walk.

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