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Alice's Looking-glass Walk - 11am Sunday 8 July 2018

Mark J Davies (Oxford Water Walks)

Sunday, 8 July 2018 from 11:00 to 12:30 (BST)

Alice's Looking-glass Walk -  11am Sunday 8 July 2018

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 What fun it will be when they ask me how I liked my walk.”

New for 2018! A walk of about two miles based on the chess theme of Through the Looking-glass, Lewis Carroll’s sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with local historian and author Mark Davies, the only Oxford guide endorsed by the Lewis Carroll Society.

Starting at Oxford Castle, the walk will pass through Paradise and along the River Thames to skirt Christ Church Meadow, and end at Alice’s Shop in St Aldate’s.

The walk will reveal many of the real people, places, and events which inspired Carroll’s writing, with reference to characters such as Hatta, the Red Queen, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and Humpty Dumpty, and to episodes such as ‘The Garden of Live Flowers’, 'The Lion and the Unicorn' and ‘Wool and Water’.

The route will include a section of the Thames along which Carroll took the real Alice and her sisters (daughters of the Dean of Christ Church) on boat trips, most importantly the one on which the story was first told in July 1862. There will also be reference to important Wonderland locations which are farther away: the 'Treacle Well', for instance, and 'The Pool of Tears'. Other classics of fantasy and children’s literature will also be referenced, as too important historical and geographical landmarks along the route.

Please note that as this walk is designed primarily for adults and older children there is no charge for primary-age children. Places limited to 20 persons. The walk does NOT include entrance to the college of Christ Church itself.

"Begin at the beginning ... and go on till you come to the end. Then stop."

If the timing of this walk does not suit you, private tours – on this topic or other aspects of Oxford history or literature – are also available. Please see


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Oxford Castle & Prison
New Road
OX1 1AY Oxford
United Kingdom

Sunday, 8 July 2018 from 11:00 to 12:30 (BST)

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Mark J Davies (Oxford Water Walks)

Mark Johnstone Davies is an Oxford local historian, writer, guide, & public speaker, who has lived on a residential narrowboat on the Oxford Canal since 1992. His interest in Oxford's past began with the historical and current importance of Oxford's waterways, including the various ways in which the River Thames and Oxford Canal, and the adjacent suburbs, have influenced works of fiction.

His interests now also encompass Oxford Castle and Prison, and Oxford's very own pioneer of flight, the pastry cook and 'King of all Balloons' James Sadler.  

Mark is the author of these local interest publications: Our Canal in Oxford (1999); A Towpath Walk in Oxford (2001/2012); The Abingdon Waterturnpike Murder (2005/2008); Stories of Oxford Castle (2005/2018); Alice in Waterland (2010/2012); and Alice's Oxford on Foot (2016) and (comprising wider national interest) 'King of all Balloons' (2015). He also writes regularly for the Oxford Times monthly magazine, Limited Edition.

Mark gives illustrated talks and runs courses on various aspects of the history and literature of Oxford, leads walking tours through generally less-visited parts of the city, and provides commentaries on river cruises. Sprecialisations include Oxford's waterways, Lewis Carroll's 'Alice', Oxford Castle, the city's Welsh connections (from pre-Roman to the present) and early aeronautics. Clients have included numerous Oxford colleges and historical & literary societies, including Oxford Civic Society and Oxford Preservation Trust. Other local organisations have included Oxfordshire Artweeks, Oxford Festival of the Arts, Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, the Botanic Garden, Ashmolean Museum, and Oxford Castle & Prison. Nationally, he has worked with Inspector Morse Society, Samuel Johnson Society, Lewis Carroll Society, Royal Geographical Society, VisitBritain, and Literature Wales, and been featured on many radio and TV documentaries.

 "It was an amazing experience and it was the best tour I have ever been on, regardless of subject matter."

"I have been shown a whole new - and exciting - side of Oxford which I knew existed but had scarcely begun to appreciate."

"Worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city, which was much appreciated by all who came on the walk.”

"I enjoyed every moment of it and was thrilled to see so much and hear so many great stories."

"I love stories and connections and I thought you weaved in and out of Oxford landmarks, Oxford people, all those privileged or hidden, with great skill and knowledge.  Lovely stuff!"

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