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Wild horses? Diving off a bridge? Oh my! | Holly Goes Abroad

On my last full day in Oxford, my friends and I packed our bags with snacks and swimsuits and trekked all the way to Port Meadow. I had heard fun stories about afternoons at Port Meadow, but I had never been before this trip. Located on a little dirt path that cuts between rolling fields on the outskirts of the city, Port Meadow is one of the most beautiful parts of Oxford that I’ve explored.

The first thing I noticed was the fact that there are wild horses there. My British friends, apparently used to this occurrence, tried to avoid the horses because they were afraid the horses would steal their snacks. I couldn’t believe that they were so nonchalant about it. There were horses. Roaming freely around this meadow. Was I in a fairy tale? What sort of magical place was this?


We sat by a little canal that had a bridge over it, and even though it was not that nice out (cold, although sunny) people were swimming in the water. Bravely I padded my way barefoot over to the middle of this bridge and jumped into the water below, chilly but glad that I took the plunge. It was so much fun!

Said bridge.

Did I cut my foot on a rock walking in the shallow part of the canal? Yes. Did I get an itchy rash from stinging nettles when I ran through the meadow? Also yes. But was it worth it for this beautiful afternoon? Absolutely.

This is one of the countless reasons why I love Oxford: not only is it beautiful in its old architecture and sand-colored spires, but it also has so many pockets of nature hidden around its corners. From University Parks to Christ Church Meadow and now Port Meadow, it’s nice to know that there are always little ways to escape the hustle and bustle of this (albeit quiet) city.

Do you have a favorite park to visit? Have you ever seen wild horses? Tell me your stories in the comments section below!



7 responses to “Wild horses? Diving off a bridge? Oh my! | Holly Goes Abroad”

  1. Oh my gosh! I would love to visit a place with wild horses someday! That’s so cool!

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    1. It was amazing! ❤

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  2. There is a park just outside of town here that is mostly left to its own devices. The only thing the caretakers do is keep the trails clear of fallen trees and make sure the bridges are safe. It’s full of wildlife.

    And I have seen wild horses, too! I was at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. We drove around a bend and the view opened up to rolling hills with bluffs in the background, and a herd of mustangs galloped up the hill. It was fantastic.

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    1. That national park sounds amazing!! I’ve always wanted to go out west to some of the parks… maybe someday!


      1. It’s definitely different out west. Wide open spaces, amazing scenery, and far away from everything. It’s worth a visit!

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  3. That sounds lovely!! I would love to visit a place with wild horses! I love your blog by the way.


  4. It looks lovely!! I’ve never seen wild horses, unfortunately. Only in the circus when my school would take my class there (and I still hate how they’d allow the use of animals, at least they don’t allow it anymore) and in a farm, in Brazil! My favourite park to visit is the Crystal Palace Gardens in my city, Porto, the gardens are huge!! They have a place there to hosts events, a library, and then the gardens … They keep peacocks, ducks and chickens there, too, and they’re completely free. I love it!


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former english major, current twenty-something book lover, allergic to nuts. drop me a line at or on instagram.


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