Marston Cycle Path flooding information

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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.

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Thursday 8 November 2018 00:08 : Ivan ( from () said:
If you lost a Nike-branded backpack on the bike path tonight, it has been handed to Linacre College porters. Hope it can reach its owner!

Monday 29 October 2018 16:39 : Daniel () from () said:
I encountered a deliveroo scooter on the path at about 7pm last Wednesday. It was very busy with lots of pedestrians and cyclists at the time and I was so shocked I didn't chase him to get the reg number, so this was not a one-off.

Monday 29 October 2018 16:26 : Fiona () from () said:
A deliveroo scooter/motorcycle, registration OU56 FVS, used the footpath/cycle track Sunday afternoon c.4.00 pm to go from Marston into town. This has been reported to Thames Valley Police. If cyclists can knock pedestrians over, goodness knows what motorcyclists will do! If anyone else sees motorcycles using the path and manages to get the registration number, you can report it on

Friday 5 October 2018 11:40 : Elizabeth Lock ( from () 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 ( 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 () said:
Workers were on site this morning to remove the extra loose gravel.

Wednesday 19 September 2018 19:51 : Mark Murfett ( from () 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 ( from () 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 ( from () 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.

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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!’

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