The Clumps are the oldest known planted hilltop beeches in England.

Two distinctive round hills topped with 18th century beech trees give a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside and the nearby historic town of Dorchester on Thames. There is a hillfort on Castle Hill, with earthworks dating to the Bronze and Iron Ages. The hills can be seen from miles around and are popular with local people for kite flying and weekend walks. Just a short walk away are Days Lock on the river Thames and Dorchester Abbey.

Renowned English artist Paul Nash (1889-1946) wrote of a “beautiful English country” on discovering the Wittenham Clumps in 1911 and they became a major inspiration for him, returning to paint them many times during his life.

Managed by the Earth Trust, you can now walk through the newly created wildflower meadow, discover local wildlife and ancient archaeological features, or simply soak up the far-reaching views of south Oxfordshire.


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Image: Wittenham Clumps Credit: Ann Shepley