Marston Cycle Path flooding information

Updates to this page get sent out by email too; subscribe here. To direct messages to an email-to-SMS service, subscribe here.

You may also find the current flag status of the river useful. This page tracks the level of the Isis at Friar's Wharf; Geraint Jones informs me that 15" to 20" above normal there seems to be a good match for a flooded path.

The Environment Agency has an automated level meter at the Southern end of Mesopotamia with two readings available: upstream and downstream. Once calibrated against the flooding of the path these should provide a useful warning mechanism.

Add a new entry

Previous 10 entries

Friday 5 October 2018 11:40 : Elizabeth Lock (Waltraute@yandex.com) from 163.1.34.155 () said:
Roger--thank you. I have been grumbling about bicycles not being steamrollers and doing jobs properly ever since the wretched gravel was scattered, but wasn't sure how to share my feelings with the county council who, I think, are responsible for the work.

Friday 5 October 2018 10:52 : Roger Grosvenor (roger@thegrosvenors.net) from 2a00:23c5:2a81:600:749e:7d4:fa5:ea35 () said:
Yes, I lobbied the Principal of Linacre College, having met him at the Gilligan talk on Tuesday. He acted commendably quickly! Roger

Friday 5 October 2018 09:44 : Dave () from 89.197.76.44 () said:
Workers were on site this morning to remove the extra loose gravel.

Wednesday 19 September 2018 19:51 : Mark Murfett (Mark.murfett@oup.com) from 80.195.168.199 () said:
I have walked along this path almost every day for the past 9 years. Tonight I was knocked over by a cyclist near the cattle grid at the bottom of Ferry Road. I was 10 metres from the grid on the far left of the path when I was sent flying by a cyclist who had ridden into the back of me. Luckily for him i'm a pretty laid back guy and he just got a mouthful of abuse. My right hand and knee are really cut up and sore. Shook me up as well. I know the majority of you do already but please watch out for pedestrians!

Wednesday 19 September 2018 12:47 : Eve () from 2a00:23c5:2a81:ae00:84c7:d4e1:c10f:94a1 () said:
Itís not just loose clippings. Yesterday the clippings came up with an edge of tar and stuck to the tyres. Especially if youíre carrying stuff.

Wednesday 19 September 2018 12:46 : Tony Brett (tony.brett@medsci.ox.ac.uk) from 129.67.5.176 () said:
The previous poster is absolutely right. To expect bike traffic to bed down the gravel is ridiculous and very dangerous! I cycled along the path again this morning and it's an accident waiting to happen.

Wednesday 19 September 2018 10:34 : Elizabeth Lock (Waltraute@yandex.com) from 163.1.34.155 () said:
'Bedding down' is exactly what I feared. Bikes and pedestrians are not steamrollers, and it's unreasonable to expect them to do this job (it's bad enough for motorists deailng with loose chippings, but at least cars are heavy enough). The council should simply bring in a roller and finish the job. Meanwhile I'm leaving the bike at home.

Wednesday 19 September 2018 10:28 : Louise Upton (louise.upton@dpag.ox.ac.uk) from 163.1.251.168 () said:
I've checked with the City Council's Highways Manager and the surface will be slightly loose for a week or two to allow traffic to bed in the aggregate. Once they are satisfied this has for long enough a sweep will be arranged. I've pointed out that they are dangerous and asked for it to happen as soon as possible.. \nBy the way, the work was carried out by the City Council's team, and was 50:50 funded by the County Council and Oxford University's green travel fund.

Tuesday 18 September 2018 19:01 : Elizabeth Lock (Waltraute@yandex.com) from 87.113.254.77 () said:
The city end of the track is now covered with loose chippings, posing a considerable skid risk.

Friday 7 September 2018 17:28 : Nigel () from 185.69.144.208 () said:
The cycle track has re-opened.

Previous 10 entries


An A-road walks into a bar and asks for a pint. The barman serves him, but he looks really tough and the barman worries that there'll be trouble.

Then a dual carriage way walks in and buys a pint. The barman again notes that he looks tough and says, ‘Look, I don't want any trouble, so could you sit in that corner away from the A-road?’ So the dual carriage way does.

Soon afterwards, in walks a motorway and gets a pint, who looks extremely tough, so the barman makes him sit in another corner away from the other two roads.

A bit later, a really small road walks in and buys a diet coke. The A-road, dual carriage way and motorway all look at him aghast and run out of the pub. The barman grabs the motorway on the way past and asks, ‘Why are you running out? He's a really tiny road.’

The motorway replies, ‘He's no road, he's a cycle path!’

(supplied by Ændr)


Web page(s) maintained by Ganesh Sittampalam
Templates etc last updated 11/02/16 (reports are updated as people submit new ones)