Oxford is an ideal city for walking. The small-town feel survives in many parts of the city and getting around on foot is practical and safe. The city has numerous well-lit paths through parks and open spaces to make your journey to and from work more enjoyable. Some of the colleges’ gardens are open to visitors, and there are many other public spaces where you can walk, jog or go for a picnic.
The 70 acres of University parkland are surrounded by academic departments and colleges which makes this space truly a University Park. The yearly Town and Gown 10K Race departs and finishes from here and the famous Oxford Half Marathon also runs through here.
University members can enjoy free access to the Botanic Garden (the oldest in Britain) near Magdalen Bridge, which houses some of the rarest specimens left in the world and is open throughout the year.
These meadows are the ‘back yard’ of Christ Church. They extend from the college down to the River Thames (known locally as the River Isis) where the famous Oxford "bumps" rowing races are held every year.
This is the largest area of common land in Oxford. A classic Oxford activity is to walk up the west side of Port Meadow, have a pint at the 17th century Perch pub, and then continue up north for another pint and some roasted chestnuts and mulled wine at the Trout Inn in Wolvercote, made famous by TV's 'Inspector Morse'. It's approximately a 50 minute stroll to the Trout from the southern edge of the Meadow.
Daily Info has several suggested routes for riverside walks to explore the area further. If you are a keen walker, you may want to try your local branch of the Ramblers who offer regular group walks of various distances and difficulty.