Built in the fertile Thames Valley with the Rivers Thames and Cherwell running through it, Oxford is known for its historic university. The town is located in south-central England.
Maps of Oxford
Maps of Oxford and its surrounding county show the motorways, the university and other landmarks as well as the rivers. The terrain is at a low elevation because the urban centre is sitting on a floodplain. Those who visit and tour Oxford should be sure they have their own copy of a city map that they can study as they wish or need.
Geographic Features of Oxford’s Landscape
Cherwell – Flowing through England’s Midlands, the River Cherwell passes through Oxford. The river branches off the River Thames near Hellidon and re-joins it after travelling on its own for about 50 kilometres to Oxford.
Fairmoor Reservoir – A large body of water near Oxford about 10 kilometres to the west, the Fairmoor Reservoir is constructed along the River Thames, on its left side. The man-made lake is enjoyed for recreation.
Forest – Wooded and forested areas are maintained around Oxford and the surrounding countryside. These forests are composed of hardwoods as well as evergreen trees.
Thames – Just for about 15 kilometres in the town of Oxford, the Thames is known by the name, “Isis.” The river is England’s longest at about 270 kilometres.
Thames Valley – This floodplain is a low-elevation region following the Thames from Oxfordshire and the town of Oxford to England’s capital city of London.