Swinford Meadows, near Eynsham
Open green space is essential for our health and wellbeing, and we are delighted that more people than ever are now out and about enjoying OPT land. With our commitment to the green agenda, OPT have no car parks, so why not take a cycle ride or a long walk. Help us to keep our environment, our wildlife and you safe by considering a visit outside likely peak times. All our green spaces are open.
So much more than just fields - ancient meadows, historic artifacts, horseshoe meander, and ridge and furrow
Swinford lies to the south of the Swinford Toll Bridge, the main route out of Oxford to the west until the A40 was built. On the other side of the bridge is the ancient village of Eynsham, founded by the Saxon King Aethelred in the 11th Century and where OPT owns the recently restored Lords Farm.
This land was bought by OPT in 2000 to preserve these water meadows where medieval ridge and furrow can still be seen from the time when it was cultivated in strips by the monks from Eynsham Abbey before 1538. This peaceful spot with its species-rich grassland is managed as hay meadow in centuries-old style, and this grazing allows the lines of the ridge and furrow to be preserved. Alongside the meadows the Thames runs in a striking horseshoe meander.
Various historic artifacts have been found here including Romano-British coins, pottery, buckles, earrings and a stud; medieval and post medieval iron objects and a paved linear feature.