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Radley Lakes

Radley Lakes is the area of former minerals workings to the south of Thrupp Lane.  Already popular, especially during the recent lock-down, the area has much greater potential: as a haven of tranquillity, rich in nature, with a wide range of beautiful walks for healthy exercise.


One of the main commitments of the Radley Neighbourhood Plan was the preparation of a masterplan to realise this potential.  In September 2020, there was a public consultation, with over 95% of respondents registering support for the draft plan.

The final masterplan has now been published and is here.  It has been formally endorsed by Radley Parish Council, Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council and the Radley Lakes Trust. A press notice describing the background and its main provisions is here

Implementation will be a gradual process over several years involving a wide range of landowners and other stakeholders, and also volunteers from the local community. 

Radley Lakes Trust   

The Radley Lakes Trust, a locally based registered charity, is taking the lead on implementation.

Radley Lakes Trust Launch 25/26 September

The Trust will be holding launch events on 25-26 September.

On Saturday 25 September there will be a chance to meet the team, hear about progress, view displays and ask questions.  This will be in the Silk Hall at Radley College. On Sunday 26 September there will be two guided walks at the Lakes, suitable for all ages: one based on Thrupp Lake and one on Barton Fields.  Details are in the poster [here].  These are open to all. Do come along.

How to get there.

Silk Hall on 25 Sept. Come to the main Radley College entrance on Kennington Road. If you are arriving by car, parking is available. There is also a nearby bus stop on the 35 route between Abingdon and Oxford. The event will be open from 2.00pm and be there by 2.30pm if at all possible as presentations will start then.

Thrupp Lake on 26 Sept. (Google Maps link) Access from Radley is via Thrupp Lane, We may be able to arrange additional parking at the bottom of the Lane but it can be tight.  So if you can, please walk or cycle. On a Sunday the Lane is normally free of lorry traffic and quite safe. When you get to the foot of the Lane go a short way up the cycletrack, enter the Lake area by the small gate on the right and meet by the big Earth Trust notice board. Please be there in time for a 2.00pm start.

Barton Fields on 26 Sept. (Google Maps link) Access from Abingdon is via Barton Lane. If you are coming by car it is normally quite easy to park on Barton Lane.  At the end of Barton Lane there is an entrance to Barton Fields across the cycletrack. Meet there and please be in time for a 2.00pm start.

Both Thrupp Lake and Barton Fields are on the cycle track through the Lakes. Using that you can get to either site from either Abingdon or Radley.

Additional trustees

The Trust are also looking for two or three more additional trustees.  Trustees provide overall governance, ensuring the charity is well run, delivers on its objectives and works closely with the wider community. They would in particular welcome new trustees who have an aptitude for communication, especially web and social media, or for the practical delivery of projects on the ground.

If you might be interested in becoming a Trustee or want to know more about plans for Radley Lakes please email

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