There aren’t too many hills in Oxfordshire but this four-mile walk takes in two with surely some of the county’s finest views. The hike up to Round Hill and its neighbour, Castle Hill, is rewarded with stunning views of the county, stretching as far as the Chilterns to the east and the Cotswolds to the west. Known as Wittenham Clumps, the trees on both summits are the oldest known planted hilltop beeches in England, dating back more than 300 years. The rich wildflower meadows and thriving forests are maintained by a local organisation called Earth Trust.

Park in the free car park in Bridge End, Dorchester-on-Thames, and head south to pick up the footpath along Wittenham Lane. Follow the footpath around the edge of the field, passing the Iron Age Dyke Hills on your left hand side and crossing over a farm track. Stay on the path as it turns slightly to the left and pass through a gate into the field beyond.

Cross the field in a southwesterly direction to another gate, through which are three bridges which take you over the River Thames. Follow the road as it curves around the outskirts of Little Wittenham until you reach the village church. The entrance to Wittenham Clumps nature reserve is just past the church on your left hand side.

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The accommodation at Kingfisher Barn has been created from converting old farm buildings dating back as far as the 17th Century. These converted barns ooze charm and history.

Explore the historical town of Abingdon, and take in the breath-taking sights of Oxford.

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Historical Abingdon became the county town of Berkshire sometime after receiving its Royal Charter in 1556. It is a market town and civil parish in England.

This breathtaking town located just six miles south-west of Oxford was formally a county town of Berkshire but had a slight name change in 2012 to become Abingdon-on-Thames.

Abingdon town centre refurbished in 2007 as part of the council's redevelopment plan took on a great new look. All work was in keeping with the surrounding area. 

Come and discover this delightful town for yourself, explore and learn its history, there's so much to see and do!

In 1084, William the Conqueror celebrated and enjoyed Easter at the Abbey. He then left his son, the future Henry I, to be educated there.

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With years of experience and a passion for dogs, we understand your pet is a special member of the family, and you'll want him/her to enjoy the holiday just as much as you!

Our 'Pet-Friendly' policy means you can relax and spend some great time together. From stunning country walks to ambling along the banks of the River Thames, let your 'pooch' enjoy the serenity of our beautiful Abingdon.

Cats are welcome too!

"Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car, he sticks his head out the window.” — Steve Bluestone

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Kingfisher Barn
Rye Farm, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
OX14 3NN
Tel: 01235 634790