South Hinksey

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Bus and cycle routes


Walking routes which are Romantic with a capital 'R'


South Hinksey is a small village just over 1 mile to the South of the centre of Oxford. The Name Hinksey is Anglo-Saxon, dating from the thirteenth century. It probably derives from “Hengestesieg” meaning Hengist’s Island or Stallion’s Island.

The Southern By-Pass road (aka the A34) runs past the village making it an excellent option for commuters. The bypass in fact form the only roas access into the village, seeing as it is situated on the inside of the ring road and close to the Hinksey Stream, an Oxford branch of the River Thames. Pedestrian and cycle access to the village from Oxford is via the intimidatingly-named Devil’s Backbone, which is a historic raised pathway across the neighbouring flood plains that feature in Matthew Arnold’s poem The Scholar Gipsey.