If there is one thing I’d pick as my favorite thing in the UK, it would be the summer tradition of Shakespeare in the park. A close second would be the gorgeous wildlife, especially squirrels, who are by far the friendliest little things living around me. But what I love most about Oxford would have to be the Oxford Canal.
Places like the Oxford canal are one of a kind – they offer quiet shelter in the middle of busy towns and cities and let us observe wildlife from a very short distance. They are great spots to hide but also to go out and just… wander aimlessly, walk for hours and hours and yet never feel lost.
I am yet to traverse the entire Oxford Canal – since it stretches over 70 miles, it may take me quite some time. But the part of it situated in Oxford is one of the loveliest parts of the entire United Kingdom. Birds, boats, runners, squirrels, children, people walking their dogs – everyone can find a place there and enjoy a bit of that rare thing: English sunshine on their skin.
All manner of wildlife lives on or along the bank of the canal; from swans and ducks to water voles and cats, even. Most importantly, of course, are the small cygnets, ducklings and gosling which hatch around summertime and bring so much happy quacking, squeaking and chirruping to the calm summer evenings.
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