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Dorchester & The Clumps
"I felt their importance long before I knew their history. They eclipsed the impression of all the early landscapes I knew... They were the Pyramids of my small world" - Paul Nash
This 11.5 km (7.5 mile) circular Nordic walk explores the River Thames, Dorchester and The Clumps – an area described as the ‘most historic place in Oxfordshire’.
Our path leads from the historic village of Dorchester, past the Iron Age Dyke Hills to the River Thames at its confluence with the River Thame. From here we follow the Thames Path National Trail to Shillingford where we cross the river and head towards Wittenham Clumps. The iconic twin hills of Round Hill and Castle Hill topped with clumps of beech trees and an Iron Age Hill Fort are immortalised by the artist Paul Nash. The short climb up The Clumps is rewarded with awesome panoramic views over Oxfordshire. From here, it is downhill to Little Wittenham and Day’s Lock where we cross the river by the ornate footbridge. Then on to Dorchester where the tea rooms beckon!