Walkin' Country Roads

Today, I woke up with horrible allergies (flowers all around me...people apply to this college more than others because of the grounds). It has been really chilly and rainy today. I woke up late and ate breakfast around 8:30. Then, I ran over to Boots (like Super Target without the groceries) and bought some allergy medicine. It worked really well (but is wearing off now).

I slept for a while, and then I met a large group led by some of our professors and we went on a five mile walk to Iffley. It was a gorgeous walk. We began by leaving Worcester, walking down Beaumont, turning onto Magdalen, then turning onto Cornmarket that turns into St. Aldate's. Just past Christ Church, we turned left onto a path that runs around the other side of the river(?) behind Christ Church Meadows.

Turn right past here....


(I love this little place...haven't been there, but I saw it last year as well.)

Then, walk down the path for a couple of miles (BEWARE OF BIKE RIDERS!!! They are very fast and want you to move quickly.)

Here are some of the sights along the path....








Me in the rain...walking...walking...




Finally: coming upon the Village of Iffley's Lock...



...and the famous "Mathematical Bridge" there. Apparently, according to the theory that cannot be tested anymore because it is gone, the original bridge was so perfect that no nails or glue or anything was needed to hold the pieces of it together. This is a restoration...



From the Lock, we hiked up a small hill (that didn't feel so small after so much walking) and came upon St. Mary's Church in Iffley (see http://www.iffley.co.uk/). This place is amazing and quiet and no one was there except for us...



The church graveyard was fantastic...





Then, after visiting the church, we walked to the Pub and had a pint! Here is the pub and photos inside of the pub!





...and me, looking exhausted. The half-pint is there...just not in the photo with me.

Comments

James said…
Great post. I felt like I was there!

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