Dorchester on Thames – An Ancient Place of Worship, 11 miles, moderate

August 27, 2017 @ 10:30 am
Wittenham Clumps Car Park
07766 436355

Meet at Wittenham Clumps car park for a 10:30am start.  The car park can be reached via the A4130 coming from Wallingford; take a right onto Sires Hill and another right at the signpost pointing in the direction of the Clumps before following the road to reach the car park.  Please note that this is a popular car park that can get full quickly so please car share where possible and try to arrive in plenty of time before the start.

The walk will start with a brief bit of roadside walking towards the Earth Trust Centre before heading past a couple of farms and into Long Wittenham, home of the Pendon Museum which houses several model rails, including one of rural Berkshire as it was in the 1920s and 1930s.

We will then continue towards Clifton Meadow and follow the Thames Path towards Dorchester-on-Thames.  Passing the Dyke Hills, an old settlement dating back to the Iron Age, we will head into Dorchester to visit the Abbey.  There will then be an optional pub stop at either the George Hotel or Fleur de Lys, followed by tea and cake at Lily’s Farm Shop and Tea Room.

We will then return to the Clumps via Little Wittenham, please note there will be a short steep slope ascent on the approach before finishing with a brief walk around the Clumps and the Castle Hill fort, with some lovely views of Oxfordshire and the Chilterns to be seen below.

Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.

Sat Nav: OX14 4QZ (nearest) or 51.6273 -1.1816

Grid Ref: SU567924