Clifton Hampden - A Gentle Walk by the River
by Jeannette Briggs
The River Thames passes under Clifton Hampden bridge, a graceful design by Sir George Gilbert Scott (who also designed St Pancras Station and the Albert Memorial) and which is built in red brick. Clifton Hampden village is lovely, and includes several old thatched cottages and St Michael and All Angels Church and The Plough Inn where you can get free moorings on the River Thames at the bottom of their large garden. The other pub is The Barley Mow wich is popular with locals, visitors and people who are on the River Thames - it also has a riverside garden.
Left: Clifton Hampden bridge - photo by J Olney
You can take several delightful walks along the towpath from here to Abingdon or Dorchester, to Day's Lock at Little Wittenham or to the nearby Wittenham Clumps (q.v.).
The village was the choice of Jerome K Jerome for a setting of part of his famous novel "Three men in a Boat".