A few weekends ago, on a damp Sunday morning, we were looking for somewhere new to walk Poppy that could also provide us with a little refreshment. My OH suggested we go to Hogacre Common in Oxford. I love finding these little hidden gems around Oxfordshire, so off we went.
We weren’t quite sure what to expect, but parked up on the road and headed off down a little lane. At the end of the lane we came across train tracks and had to climb the bridge over it, which made for great views and a wave from a train driver! Over the other side, we found Hogacre Common. It’s real gem. Located on unused sports ground, which is leased from Corpus Christi College, it does look a little bit like a scene from a post-apocalyptic film! The main focus of the common is that it is a biodiverse community space. And it looks amazing!
It’s a lovely area to visit plus we saw not one, but two green woodpeckers! It’s the perfect place to get your nature geek on – they’ve got their own bees, they grown their own food and have events from time to time so well worth checking that out. Plus, if you can get to the cafe, then do and I can heartily recommend the vegan chocolate cake. It was the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a lot!)
The Walk: The walk around Hogacre Common is quite short, so we teamed it with a walk around the playing field near where we parked.
Cost: Completely free!
Car Park: There isn’t a dedicated car park, but there are some streets nearby which are have parking. However, you will need to check the time restrictions carefully, as there was a traffic warden doing the rounds while we were there on a Sunday.
Refreshments: The Hogacre Cafe is open on Sundays from 11am-5pm, though they will be closing for winter so worth checking before heading out.
Toilets: There are some in the cafe.
It’s been ages since we found somewhere new for a lovely weekend dog walk. Between the weather (either being boiling hot or torrential showers) and getting the garden done, we’ve not gone beyond Abingdon for a while. However, last weekend, we needed to get out, get some fresh air and be surrounded by green! I wanted to go to Oxford and visit LYP so my OH looked for somewhere nearby to walk. Oxford is such a beautiful city with lots of lovely parks and green spaces, but even this one was new to us. We discovered The Kidneys and Aston’s Eyot in East Oxford. It’s such a beautiful space, full of gorgeous plants, fruit and wildlife. Some of the paths go right by the river, and we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a regatta taking place. Poppy had a little look at the river, but once again, she was freaked out by water!
If you’re looking for somewhere lovely to walk in the city that’s less well known and has loads of blackberries, ready for picking, this is an ideal spot.
The Walk: There are a number of pathways you can take around Aston’s Eyot and The Kidneys so you could spend a while there.
Cost: Completely free!
Car Park: There isn’t a dedicated car park, but there are some streets nearby which aren’t residents only. However, you will need to check, especially as there may be some time restrictions.
Refreshments: While there’s no where to buy refreshments, there are a number of lovely cafes and pubs in East Oxford.
Toilets: None that I could see.
I’ve finally got around to picking a winner of the gorgeous Dachshund brooch. It was a very scientific way of picking the winner (names on squares of paper, thrown up in the air, one picked at random.) Well, you can’t argue with gravity right?! So the winner is…
Pupcakes! They commented on the post over on my Facebook page. I’ve asked them to send their details so I can get it in the post asap.
Thanks to everyone for entering. Hope you’re having a good Friday. This week has been mega tough for various reasons and I’m looking forward to the weekend, which promises plenty of wine if nothing else! What have got planned?
Growing up, I always wanted stuff with my name on, though it’s not the popular spelling so I could never find it on anything. So it stands to reason that I adopt a dog that’s such a mixture of breeds, that I’ll never get anything with her on either! That being said, Poppy looks most like a Dachshund, thanks to her barrel chest, little legs and black/tan colouring. Whenever I see something with a Dachshund on, I want it. Here’s a little roundup of my current favourites.
1. People Tree Red Stripe Sausage Dog tee // 2. Fenella Smith Dachshund Cushion // 3. Dachshund Dog print scarf // 4. Dachshund Earrings // 5. Sausage Dog card // 6. (c/o) Dachshund Silver Brooch
Aren’t these adorable?! I actually have the earrings and love wearing them. I’ve got my eye on the scarf and cushion and think I’ll be adding them to my Christmas list, when the time comes. Dog prints are definitely becoming more and more popular, and naturally I’ll be championing the Dachshund print!
The lovely people over at Museum Selection had provided me with the Dachshund Silver Brooch for a giveaway. If you’d like to be entered into the draw to win the brooch, simply leave a comment below or over on my Facebook page. The giveaway will close Tuesday 12th August 2014 at 8pm.
Disclaimer: The Dachshund silver brooch was provided free of charge but as usual, all opinions my own.