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Oxford Water Walks

Historical & Literary Walks & Talks, and Books by Oxford Towpath Press

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Most of my walks are for pre-booked tours (starting at £50 inclusive for up to 20/24 people). However, if you as an individual, or as part of a small group, would like to come on a Christ Church Meadow ‘Alice in Waterland’ walk, do please still feel free to get in touch at towpathpress@btopenworld.com, as it may be that you can join others in a similar situation or join a pre-booked larger group. Or, for £30 for up to five people (lasting 90 minutes or so), you can suit yourself as to start time time and exact route.



Thurs 3 AUGUST – OXFORD BOTANIC GARDEN History & Literary Walk – 6pm

A historical wander through a botanical wonder

Oxford’s Botanic Garden is the oldest in Britain, and third oldest in Europe. This one-hour walk will concentrate on some of the more unusual and tangential uses to which the Garden has been put in its 400-year history. Hear about the Garden’s first superintendent, Jacob Bobart, known as ‘the German Prince of Plants’, and his colourful descendants; learn about some of Britain’s earliest hot-air balloon launches made from the Garden by Oxford’s very own first English aeronaut, the pastry cook James Sadler; and discover the Garden’s associations with Lewis Carroll and other notable writers.

Tickets: £15




A leisurely near-circular walk of 75/90 minutes around beautiful Christ Church Meadow. The route will follow waterside paths familiar to the real Alice and Lewis Carroll to highlight in particular the all-important role of the River Thames in the creation of Alice’s Adventures.

Beginning at the Museum of Oxford, where various items of Alice memorabilia are on display, the route will reveal some of the real people, places, and events which inspired the story, as well as other Oxford classics of fantasy literature. Please note that as this walk is designed primarily for adults there will be no charge for primary-age children. Group size is limited to 24 persons.

Tickets: £6.



Thursday 12 October

James Sadler: Oxford Pastry Cook and First English Aeronaut: FREE TALK at Museum of History of Science, Oxford. Details pending.











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