Oxford audio tour: Walking with the Shepherd: The Thames Pilgrim Way

Walking with the Shepherd: The Thames Pilgrim Way

Walking Tour

75 mins

About the Tour

A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey to a sacred place. 'Walking with the Shepherd' is a guided pilgrimage along the banks of the River Thames from Godstow Bridge to Christ Church Cathedral. Based on the 23rd Psalm, it offers reflections and prayers as we walk in the footsteps of the thousands of pilgrims who have gone before us. Along the way we will see the ancient landscape of Port Meadow, and hear about some of the holy sites of Oxford and its surroundings.

Tour Producer


Sally Welch

I am a pilgrim, a priest and a writer. I am the Spirituality Adviser for the Diocese of Oxford and Vicar of Charlbury with Shorthampton. I have made many pilgrimages in the UK and Europe - on my own, in groups and with family. I give lectures and lead retreats on pilgrimage and labyrinths and have written several books on the subject: 'Making a Pilgirmage' 'Pilgrim Journeys' and 'Journey to Contentment' being a few.

Major Landmarks

  • Thames Path

  • Godstow Abbey

  • Port Meadow

  • Oxford

  • Christ Church Cathedral

Directions to Starting Point

No 6 Bus from Oxford to Home Close/Godstow Road junction, Wolvercote. Continue along Godstow Road, left at Jacobs Inn roundabout, and follow road to car park.
Car parking available in Godstow Road car park (Port Meadow North) OX2 8PU.
Turn left out of car park and cross road onto pavement. Continue along road past allotments on right and The Trout Inn on left. Just over the second bridge past the Trout Inn you will find the Thames Path sign to the left. Go through the gate and begin

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Places to stop along the way

The Trout Inn at Godstow Bridge, OX2 8PN, famous for its appearances in the TV series Morse is situated on the banks of the river just before the start of the walk.
A footpath just before Bossoms Boatyard leads to the Perch at Binsey (OX2 0NG). This 17th century pub is near St Margarets Church, another pilgrimage site.

Best time of day

Can be walked any time of the day. During the winter and spring the path is liable to flooding. Check the Government flood alert website before setting off : https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/061WAF23Oxford


The Thames is a wide, deep river, with fast moving and treacherous currents. Pilgrims should keep away from the river banks and take extra care at the locks.


I enjoyed the tour. As I was listening remotely it would be good if you could add in some photos of the places along the route.

Posted by Patrick , 11 months ago
Walking with the Shepherd: The Thames Pilgrim Way