small village of South Hinksey is, like neighbouring North Hinksey, 'wedged'
between the busy A34 Oxford bypass and the Hinksey Stream,
one of the several branches of the River Thames that flow
just to the west of the city. The one and only access
to the village by road is from the A34, so consequently
the village relatively free of traffic.
and cycle access from Oxford to the village is possible
via the "Devil's Backbone", a historic raised pathway
across the neighbouring flood plains. There is no direct
road between the village and nearby North Hinksey. However
the poet John Ruskin tried to organise making a road between
the two villages, since the ground was very swampy between
parish church is the Church of St' Laurence which is partly
hidden by trees. Parts of St. Laurence's date from the
the village there are a number of attractive old houses,
some of them thatched.
South Hinksey is about a mile and a half
south-west of the centre of Oxford, just off the A34 Oxford bypass.