North Hinksey fields

North Hinksey Fields and the ‘Oxen Ford’

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. 

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OPT owns three fields to the south of Willow Walk between the Seacourt and Bulstake streams, bought in 1978 from the Pirie and Van Heynigen families, to preserve the rural atmosphere of North Hinksey and with a proviso that we keep them in agricultural use.  

The fields were grazed by horses from the local riding school for many years until it closed in September 2017.

The ‘oxen ford’, thought to be the origin of the name of our wonderful city, is to be found on the footpath which runs behind The Fishes.

One of the fields is home to a colony of Creeping Marshwort (Apium repens), an Endangered Species introduced here in 1996 by local conservationists using plants from nearby Port Meadow where it was in danger of being lost.

North Hinksey Fields are at risk from the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme. Click here to find out more.