Rose Hill Methodist Church - The Scenic Route
The route along the River Thames from the centre of Oxford to Rose Hill
Methodist Church is really lovely. The best route to take is as follows:
The journey is about a 40 minute walk and a 20 minute cycle, but its well worth it. On your right as you walk along the river path (past Donnington Bridge) are Iffley Meadows
© Marion Phillips. , a Site of Special Scientific Interest (get the SSSI citation here). An area of traditionally managed hay meadow and pasture, untouched by modern farming methods. It is home to the largest population of fritillaries Fritillaria meleagris in the middle Thames area.
The river (referred to as the Isis not the Thames) is well used along this stretch by walkers, joggers, cyclists and of course by the University rowing teams (look out for the latest winners graffiti under Donnington Bridge) not to mention pleasure boats of all shapes and sizes. Iffley Lock
© www.geograph.co.uk photographer 2202. is a really lovely spot for a rest and a place to sit and watch the boats as the manoeuvre through the gates of the lock. Iffley Village, originally a self contained settlement on the outskirts of Oxford has a lovely Church and some very interesting dwellings dating from the early 18th century, there was once a water mill adjacent to lock, which sadly was destroyed by fire in 1908. The walk up on to Rose Hill isn't arduous and there's always the stroll down to the church to get ones breath back. Please come and visit us!