Dorchester-on-Thames – Wittenham Clumps – Little Wittenham – Long Wittenham – Dorchester-on-Thames

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Start Time: Sunday 11 August 2019. Meet at 09.45 am for 10.00 am start.

Start and Finish: Bridge End, Dorchester-on-Thames, postcode OX10 7JR.  Parking at Bridge End is free of charge but limited. Toilets are available at the site. Dorchester-on-Thames is picturesque, with plenty of pubs and cafés. This gentle walk includes stretches along the Thames Path affording delightful and tranquil river views – interrupted only by geese (in flight and on the water) and the occasional pleasure boat. The steep climb up to Wittenham Clumps delivers magnificent views of the Oxfordshire countryside (this is optional – it is possible to sit out the climb at the foot of the mound and await the return of the rest of the party). We pass through the charming village of Little Wittenham and proceed to Long Wittenham along a stretch of quiet country road before re-joining the Thames Path. There are masses of wildflowers along the route, as well as butterflies and sparrowhawks hovering overhead. At the end of the walk there is a small tea hut selling delicious home-made ice creams.

Difficulty: Moderate – 9.5 miles (including Wittenham Clumps) with one steep climb. The village of Long Wittenham is a suitable mid-point with car parking for those walkers wishing to do a shorter walk (5 miles). Please contact Walk Leader for more details.

Leader: Chantal Bryant – E: chantal.bryant@btinternet.com  M: 07710 721136.

Waypoints – Start: Bridge End, Dorchester-on-Thames – Thames Path – Days Lock – Wittenham Clumps – Little Wittenham – Sylva Wood – Long Wittenham – Northfield Farm – Thames Path – Dorchester-on-Thames. Finish

Getting there from Aylesbury – (Approx. 23 miles – 50 mins): From Aylesbury take A418 to Thame, then take A329 direction Henley and Reading. Pass through Little Milton, Stadhampton & Warborough, and at Shillingford roundabout turn right onto A4074. Follow A4074 for less than a mile, then turn left towards Dorchester on Henley Road.  Cross bridge over the River Thame and turn immediately left into Bridge End where limited parking is available on the left.

 Getting There from Oxford : (Approx. 16 miles – 30 mins):  From Heyford Hill roundabout on the Eastern Bypass take the A4074 to Dorchester. At Dorchester, turn right into Henley Road, cross the bridge over the River Thame and turn immediately left into Bridge End where limited parking is available on the left.

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Ridgeway and Vale Expeditions Walkers’ Code

  • Walks will normally take place on the second Sunday in the month. In some months, where there is an overriding event, the day may be changed.
  • It helps the Organiser to know who is intending to turn up. Please make contact beforehand. 
  • Grades of Walk are – Leisurely,   Moderate,   and Strenuous. If you are new to the group and to walking, start with a walk graded “Leisurely”, and build up. 
  • Walkers are reminded that they attend walks at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. Make sure you bring the appropriate gear for the conditions and adequate food and drink. Also make sure you have your medication and blood sugar meter handy. Especially on long walks, carry emergency provisions. 
  • A First Aid kit and additional glucose will be carried by an experienced member of the group. Please check your blood sugar at intervals on a walk.
  • Follow the Country Code. Respect, protect and enjoy the countryside. Take home your rubbish and bury any human waste. 
  • Walks Leaders are responsible for keeping the group together and path finding. Please do not go ahead of the Leader. Always inform the Leader or back marker if you wish to leave the walk, however briefly. Always inform the Leader if you are feeling hypoglaecemic or if you believe another member of the group’s blood sugar is low. 
  • On public roads, take great care to walk in single file, facing oncoming traffic unless advised to do otherwise by the Leader.
  • Dogs will be allowed on walks at the discretion of the Leader. Please keep them on leads when there is stock about or on roads.
  • Remove or cover up muddy boots when entering a pub or tearoom. Do not consume your own food or drink on the premises, including the garden without permission. (If you enter a pub to use the toilet, buy a drink.)