Saturday Walkers Club

Didcot Circular Walk

A walk in Oxfordshire, taking in Dorchester-on-Thames and the Clumps. Can start from Appleford.


13.7 miles ( 22.1 km) with 400 ft (125 meters) of ascent

Appleford Circular Option: 11.8 miles ( 19 km )

OS Map

Landranger 174, Explorer 170


3 out of 10.


This walk takes in an attractive part of the Thames Valley south of Oxford, with a lunchtime stop in Dorchester-on-Thames. This handsome village is now bypassed by the traffic but used to be an important staging post between London and Oxford. It has retained a large number of coaching inns and other pubs, so there's plenty of choice for refreshment. You should be sure to visit Dorchester Abbey, one of the few large monastery buildings to survive the Dissolution; it now functions as an impressive parish church. In the afternoon the walk comes to the Wittenham Clumps, the name given to a pair of Iron Age hill forts set in a nature reserve managed by the Northmoor Trust.

Walk Options

This walk can also be done as an Appleford Circular - its a little shorter, and a much nicer place to finish. However, Appleford has fewer trains, especially at weekends. Check the return train times if finishing at Appleford.

Suggested Train

Take the train nearest to 9.30am (before or after) from Paddington.

Lunch and Tea

Picnic en-route.


The Fleur De Lys High St, Dorchester-on-Thames, OX10 7HH (01865 340502)

The George Hotel High St, Dorchester-on-Thames, OX10 7HH (01865 340404)

The White Hart Hotel High St, Dorchester-on-Thames, OX10 7HN (01865 340074)

Long Wittenham:

The Plough 24 High Street, Long Wittenham, OX14 4QH (01865 407738)


The Prince of Wales 113 Station Road, Didcot OX11 7NN (01235 511380) - opposite Didcot station entrance.


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By Car

Start: OX11 7NR | Directions


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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234



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