About the Thames

Wittenham Clumps

by Jeannette Briggs 
Wittenham Clumps near Dorchester

This is the name for the set of small hills which are clearly visible from the River Thames between Clifton Hampden and Dorchester, in Oxfordshire.  The summit can be reached easily from the river and you get a great view of the surrounding countryside from the top.

They are properly known as the Sinodun Hills - the name comes from Celtic and means "Old Fort". 

The area is a popular beauty spot and there is a car park and paths for access by foot.  It is designated as a Nature Reserve and is administered by the Northmoor Trust.  They put on special events like lambing weekends.

Photo by Northmoor Trust and reproduced by permission

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