Addison's Walk was C.S. Lewis' favourite walk in Oxford and you could find him there nearly every day--no matter the weather or the season. It changes with the colours of the seasons and the light, but I think it's at it's most glorious in the springtime.
Magdalen College was established in 1458 and sits on the High Street, it's perfectly proportioned tower overlooking the River Cherwell and the city.
This is the entrance into Magdalen's beautiful cloisters.
We came out of the shadowed cloisters into the bright sunshine, which was bouncing off the golden limestone of the Georgian 'New Building'. Then a few steps over a little bridge to Addison's Walk, which was lined with bright blue, yellow, and white spring flowers.
Magdalen is well known for it's rare snake's head fritillaries, which were in full bloom.
At the end of the walk, there's a place to stop and have a cup of tea next to the river, at the Old Kitchens of Magdalen. It looks out onto Magdalen Bridge, where punts can be rented. It's punting weather again, so lots of people were trying their hand at it--many with limited success, but everybody enjoying being on the river nonetheless.
|"There is nothing--absolutely nothing--half so much worth|
doing as simply messing about in boats." ~Kenneth Grahame
and to see it all again in the light of summer.
Punts can be rented at the Magdalen Bridge Boathouse.
but dream and remember, the place is so
beautiful. One almost expects the people to
sing instead of speaking. It is all like an opera."
~William Butler Yeats