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“Lovely for a stroll!”

Abingdon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Lovely for a stroll!”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Very scenic with good paths, so no worries about little ones getting lost. The lakes are full of duck and other birds and the sun streams through the trees beautifully. If you are walking to Abingdon the cycle network also offers great signage.

Visited April 2014
2 Thank EdAbingdon
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Oxford, England
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Falling Into Disrepair”
Reviewed 6 April 2014

A few years ago Radley Lakes was at the centre of a battle between local residents and RWE npower the German owners of nearby Didcot power station. Didcot burned coal to generate electricity and amongst the cocktail of pollutants were huge quantities of ash. This was turned into slurry to be pumped along pipes to fill local lakes formed in former gravel pits and one of them was at Radley which had been acquired by RWE.
Then, suddenly RWE gave up and handed Radley Lakes over to the Earth Trust. Altruistic? Not quite - the company had given up on Didcot as it was too expensive to make it compliant with new emissions legislation. No generation = no ash so no need to fill in a local beauty spot.
The Earth Trust built a couple of wooden 'hides' laid pathways and tidied the site up. It looked great for a while but one of the buildings was vandalised (no surprise in this remote location) and demolished although it still features on the guide. The tracks have deteriorated in the recent poor weather. It's now rarely possible to do the complete circuit as the track between the two lakes has eroded to the extent that they often become one. There have been promises to restore the house of the previous owner as a visitor centre but it's deteriorated to become a dangerous ruin.
There is now dedicated parking as such and the road leading to it is frequented by large gravel trucks who have little regard for lesser traffic. But at least barriers have prevented local joy-riders from torching stolen cars in the surroundings.
It's a shame to see the project failing to live up to its early promise. Maybe RWE has lost interest now that the towers of Didcot are earmarked for destruction but it's a good bet that the Earth Trust would welcome any donations/volunteering to tidy the place up.

Visited March 2014
Thank MikeGOxford
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Hastings, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Relaxing stroll on a fine day.”
Reviewed 17 February 2014

Visited last summer with family. An hour long walk around , pausing to watch the bird life on the lake. Popular with dog walkers. Path is uneven in places, so strong footwear & probably welly boots are good idea. Even in the dry season there are some muddy places. Keep close eye on children, as lakes are very deep. Enjoy your visit.

Visited September 2013
Thank Tonybythesea
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Reading, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Not there yet.”
Reviewed 8 December 2013

This old lake, bounded on one side by the old railway line to MG cars at Abingdon, has been rescued by the Earth Trust. Parking is limited and the wildlife is average. Its a pleasant enough walk around the main lake in sunshine, but there is not yet anything which I would call special about this lake. I know its 'under-development' and a new Visitor centre is planned. I will continue to visit just to watch out for improvements in both the wildlife and the facilities.

Visited December 2013
Thank TonyPearce
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Abingdon, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Lovely walks to enjoy”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

When I lived in Radley, we spent long summer days at these former gravel pits in our teens. Now known as Radley Lakes, I still enjoy long walks there with my friends and our dogs, there are a couple of lovely wooden buildings to take shelter when it rains or for watching the various birds on the lakes, it's a lovely relaxing place to be.

Visited October 2013
Thank Wendy C
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