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Wolfson College Water Meadows are designated sites of special scientific interest (SSSI). They lie in the flood plain of the Cherwell and have been used as pasture and hay meads since medieval times. They remain a superb flower habitat, now owned and managed by Wolfson College.

The meadows are grazed in winter.

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By road: leave Oxford on the A4165, Banbury Road. After approximately 1.5 km turn right on Linton Road. Wolfson college is at the end of Linton Road.

Parking: Please do not drive into the college. There is parking permitted on some of the residential streets such as Charlbury Road on Sundays indicated by "Mon-Sat" signs if you can find a space. Check the signs carefully. Once parked, turn right at the college entrance to follow a service road to the right, skirting the college to the south towards the river. After going through some gardens the footbridge should be visible, cross the footbridge.

On foot from the south: Leave the University Parks by the footbridge across the Cherwell. Follow the public footpath on the east bank of the Cherwell upstream, i.e., north. After approximately 1 km you'll come to the next bridge to span the river: the Wolfson College footbridge.

On foot from the north: Turn off Marston Ferry Road following the public footpath south on the east side of the Cherwell. When the path forks, bear right to keep close to the river. After about 0.5km you'll come to the Wolfson College footbridge.

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Meet at the footbridge near the stile which leads to a permissive path across the meadow.