Eynsham Abbey Fishponds

Eynsham Abbey Fishponds

Date of Adventure: 25 Jun, 2023

A lovely little discovery that is well loved and frequented by locals and us too! The historical Abbey, whose five fishponds were constructed by Adam, the Abbot of Eynsham Abbey from 1213 – 1228, were a source of freshwater fish for the abbot and his guests. The history is so interesting and there are lots of boards dotted around with information on the Abbey and pictures of what it would have looked like centuries ago.

There is lots to keep you and your little ones busy here: a circular walk, meadow, pond and stream shallow enough to wade in – bring your buckets and nets as it’s a prime spot for tiddlers. The water is so clear and you can see how shallow it was; we jumped right in! It was a lot of fun to wade around and splash and my little one especially loves running around in the water, searching for ‘special’ stones on the riverbed the bed and and catching tiddlers in his net.

Team with a visit to Oxford Play area, it’s accessed either at the top of the meadow (you do have to cross a road) or drive and park in the free car park beside it.

 

AT A GLANCE

Free
Always open
No booking required
No café but lots in the local area
Accessible for pushchairs but wheelchair users may struggle with the terrain
15 minutes from Headington roundabout
S1 and E1 bus
Free parking in a small car park
The details

Website

Station Road, Eynsham OX29 4NZ. Put ‘Eynsham Abbey Fishponds Walk’ into the Satnav and it will take you to the car park. Be careful as there is an Abbey Fishponds in Abingdon too.

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