Aerial view Shifford Weir (above cut)
Aerial view Shifford Cut Footbridge
Aerial view Shifford Island

(Shifford Island)

Left bank of the Shifford Lock Cut. The island created when the Shifford Cut was made eliminating the big sweep of the river down to Duxford and back up.

Duxford Ford

The path south from Shifford Cut Footbridge leads to Duxford Ford over the weir stream.

This ford is found a short way down the bridleway north of the village and is a popular spot for crayfish fishing.
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300m below the ford is the site of the former Duxford Weir.

Shifford Cut Footbridge
Shifford Cut Footbridge (Steel encased in wood).

Shifford Lock Cut Bridge, Doug Myers © 2005
Shifford Lock Cut Bridge, Doug Myers © 2005 (late summer evening)

Shifford Upper Weir

At the upstream end of the lock cut on the left bank
1005:  Grant by Ethelred to Eynsham Abbey includes two weirs: one above the lake, the other beneath.
Lake means a small brook.
1898: Upper Weir Constructed.

Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve

Chimney Meadows lies along the banks of the River Thames, near Bampton in west Oxfordshire. The site totals 250 hectares of floodplain flower rich meadows, wet woodland, 16km of hedgerows and interlaced with 18km of waterways.

Chimney meadows map © bbowtLocation: OS Sheet 165; SP 360 010
Chimney is on the north bank - but the artificial lock cut means the Chimney Meadows are South of Shifford Footbridge.

Flat terrain, bumpy underfoot. Ground may be soft in winter. Bridge and gates on site.
Disabled access is now available to two hides via 350m of recycled plastic boardwalk. Please contact the Chimney office to pre-arrange disabled parking nearer to the board walk at the Barn.
Owing to the sensitive nature of this site please keep to the public rights of way. All dogs on short leads please.
Contact the Chimney Meadows Warden. Office telephone: 01367 870904