Oxford in Springtime
With only 72 days to go until the start of the summer school, spring is blooming all across Oxford and the last vestiges of winter are being chased away.
We’ve prepared this photographic tour of Oxford in springtime for you.
The first sign of the end of winter is normally when snowdrops first start to appear. Here are snowdrops growing along the banks of the River Cherwell in Christ Church meadow – a popular spot for lunches and punting.
Further along the Cherwell is Addison’s Walk, in the grounds of Magdalen College, which is lined with daffodils when spring arrives. This walk was a favourite route for the author CS Lewis, who was a fellow of Magdalen College.
More daffodils can be seen in the extensive gardens of Lady Margaret Hall. Lady Margaret Hall, the first college in Oxford to admit women, is known for the splendour of its 12 acres of gardens, which are a popular place for Oxford Royale Summer Schools students to relax in the summer.
Lady Margaret Hall also has the advantage of being one of the few Oxford colleges to be on the River Cherwell, which means it has some of the best opportunities for that quintessential Oxford pursuit once the sun starts to shine: punting.
And when spring really gets going, Oxford is filled with blossom, such as outside Hertford College (the college best known for the Bridge of Sighs), where the tree almost obscures the signpost.
Even the High Street gets decorated by showers of blossom, from the almond tree outside the University Church of St Mary the Virgin.
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Image credits: snowdrops; Addison’s Walk; LMH daffodils; punting; Hertford; High Street.