In the Footsteps of Morse and Lewis



I wanted to see where some of the Morse and Lewis programmes are recorded and found a walk on the internet. Accompanied by family & friends (from Fylde group) we set out on a three hour journey which cost Ł55.50 return with a Disabled/Senior Rail Card. We left Preston at 9.15 am and arrived in Oxford at 12.15 pm. The return train was 17.36 from Oxford. It would have been more beneficial if we had left Preston an hour earlier so as to give more time in Oxford. The temperature was around 28 degrees but we were dressed as tourists and not as ramblers.
I have attached some photographs and notes together with the route should any one wish to copy it.

Click here for the Morse Hunting Ground Notes Word Document

Walk: Oxford City Centre and local area
Start Point: Carfax Tower, Queens St/Cornmarket Street
Distance: 5 miles Ascent: 200 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Hot and sunny with temperature around 28 degrees
Comments: This is a walk published on the internet by The Observer and is called “Morse’s Hunting Ground, Oxford”. It starts at the Carfax Tower and takes in such places as the Radcliffe Camera, Old Bodleian Library, Hertford’s “Bridge of Sighs” and other colleges before entering University Park. It then passes close to the River Cherwell before entering Headington Hill Park and then, by “The Plain” to Magdalen College. Here, the walk passes the Botanic Garden and enters Christ Church Meadow and re-joins the River Cherwell and later the River Thames. The walk then leaves the Thames and leads to Christ Church College and Christ Church Memorial Gardens before joining St Algate’s (road) and returns to the start point. The walk is a mixture of fine buildings and related history together with the peace and tranquillity of its parks (which provided plenty of shade on a hot day).
Although it is a three hour journey from Preston it was worth the effort.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Carfax Tower - the start of the walk


One of Oxford's majestic buildings reaching for the sky . . .


as does this


Men at work on the Radcliffe Camera


An impressive building on Catte Street complete with manicured lawn


The busy courtyard of the Bodleian Library


The entrance to the courtyard from Catte Street


A translation please


New College Lane with . . .


Hertford College's Bridge of Sighs around the corner


A more recent building


The Plain


Magdalen College


Just messing about on the River (Cherwell)


A view across Merton Fields


Lazing in the sun - around 28 degrees


A view across Christ Church Meadow


Young people enjoying a hot summer afternoon on the River Cherwell


Whilst these two slumber


The River Thames near to Folly Bridge


The public entrance to Christ Church


Christ Church War Memorial Garden

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