Medieval Iffley

Iffley Lock © 2202
St Mary's Church, Iffley © Steve Daniels
The old Parochial School © Michael

Iffley, with its 12th century church, is a pretty village beside the Thames. The trail starts at Folly Bridge in Oxford City Centre and follows the west bank of the Thames for the short distance to Iffley Lock before crossing the river to enter the village. To return you can take a bus or retrace your steps along the river.

This stretch of the Thames is very attractive and very popular. Refreshments are available at the lovely Head of the River inn beside Folley Bridge, at Iffley Lock and in Iffley Village.

From the Head of the River inn cross Folley Bridge and join the riverside footpath. Follow the river bank to Iffley Lock. Cross the Thames at the lock and turn right onto Mill Lane to reach St Mary's Church.

To return to Oxford there is a regular bus service from Rose Hill. From the village head up Lenthall Road to The Oval. Alternatively, cross back over the river and retrace your steps to Folley Bridge.

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Readers' Comments

  • Wed 2 Sep 2015, 15:47
    Alasdair from

    If you are visiting Oxford and want to see another side of Oxford life from wandering the city centre's colleges and historic buildings, then taking a walk or a bicycle along the Thames river path from the bottom of Christchurch meadows by the Folly bridge up to Iffley lock and Iffley village is a recommended experience. It's just one of the routes I happen to take my own bike tour customers on. The church at iffley goes back to about 1100 and is one of the most unusual churches anywhere. The village has three garden pubs and lots of beautiful thatched cottages. Walking from Oxford to Iffley takes about an hour. On a bike, maybe 15 minutes plus. If you are an Oxford local though, then you may opt instead to row!