Walk - Brightwell-cum-Sotwe­ll - Little Wittenham - Dorchester - 8.1 miles

Starting in the picturesque village of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, the walk heads north out of the village along an old Roman road before heading west through the Little Wittenham Nature Reserve. Upon exiting the wood, the walker is confronted by the River Thames to the right and Castle Hill to the left. The pleasing village of Little Wittenham follows, where you can sit in front of the church and enjoy the hills in front of you.


Moving on, the walker crosses the river for the first time and heads towards the historical Roman Dorchester-on-Thames and through the dyke presumably used for flood control. In Dorchester, the walker has the option of visiting the abbey and museum or just wandering about taking in the many pubs.

Heading out of Dorchester, the walk takes the rambler through the Hurst Water Meadow before entering pleasing Warborough with its river flowing down the centre of the village. Later the walker reaches the Thames and takes the Thames Path to arrive at Shillingford Bridge, with further views over the river.

There then follows a quick climb before returning to Brightwell.

Note that to meet pub serving times, we are are likely to have to keep the pace up and possibly remove some parts of the route to keep to schedule.

 

RSVP's open at 6PM on Sunday 16th June.


Start Point

We meet by the War Memorial in the centre of Brighwell-cum-Sotwell. There is limited spaces here so anyone who is staying for lunch may want to park near the pub and walk down the War Memorial.

We start the walk at 10AM sharp. (Please ensure you're at the start point at least 10 mins beforehand).

The area is shown better in the Map link


Walking grading: Moderate (Height gain 122m)

Dog friendliness: Mostly open countyside, some road walking

Estimated walk end time: 1:30PM

 

Lunch

For lunch afterwards, we will looking to get in at the Red Lion (tbc) but places may be limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to go to lunch, please reply to the "Reply below using the Reply button if you would like a place for lunch --------v" Post below.

If I don't see a request I will assume "No" for lunch.

 

Car Share
We like to reduce the impact on the areas we visit and its sometimes difficult to find places with adequate parking, so we encourage lift shares with our regular drivers.

If you need a lift, please post below indicating that you'd like a lift and from which general part of Oxford and surrounding villages you would like to get picked up. There is sometimes a better chance of being picked up from one of the Park & Rides as people use the ring road en-route. There are some guidance notes on our message boards here.

Please ask for a lift ASAP even if your on the waiting list when you do so as the list is constantly changing.

 

Donations

We would welcome a donation of around £1 towards ongoing overhead costs associated with the Meetup service and ancillary costs.

We would be grateful if this was done before the start of the walk.

For new members or walkers, please read the Walkers Guide thread in the forum.

 

Contact Number

The number of the OSW group's mobile is [masked] for notification of delay or cancellation, or help with directions if lost. Details on use can be found on our message board.

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  • John M.

    Thanks for meeting us after the start Derek. A lovely afternoon out. Thank Gawd the rain held off too. Hee hee hee, struggled to get out of my chair in that Waterside Bistro thing. (After my chicken burger, with chips & added bacon & cheese, THREE glasses of fizzy pop and an extra large cappuchino)! YUM YUM YUM...

    June 24, 2013

  • Brian S.

    A nice enjoyable walk in much better weather than expected and a nice if hard to eat lunch.

    June 23, 2013

  • Beth E.

    It's good to walk, it's good to talk, with good company and wonderful countryside.

    June 23, 2013

  • janet r

    enjoyable and scenic Dorchester abbey very beautiful never been inside before

    June 23, 2013

  • janet r

    was great walk very enjoyable day and meal was stressed out at the start now very blissful thank you derek and all my fellow walkers xx

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good blustery walk. So lucky the rain did not materialize . Dog has been sleeping since we got home : )))

    June 23, 2013

  • Peter L.

    a very good varied walk

    June 23, 2013

  • Peter L.

    yes a really good walk views, hills to climb, open fields to cross, woods, overgrown paths, the Thames twice, excellent thanks Derek

    June 23, 2013

  • Derek

    A bonus to miss the much forecast rain on this lovely walk of great panoramic views, historic sites and picturesque villages. Good to have some new members along to join in with the crowd. If only we didn't have to cross so many busy roads. A nice meal had at the Waterfront Cafe to round off the day.

    June 23, 2013

  • Sue B.

    An excellent varied walk - weather blustery but pleasant . Thanks Derek.

    June 23, 2013

  • linda

    Lovely walk with good company & no rain! Thanks Derek

    June 23, 2013

  • Mike S.

    So sorry home problems so cant make it

    June 23, 2013

  • Moira L.

    Sorry Derek i have to pull out ... Minor domestic drama with teenage Diva caused serious lack of sleep for her ancient parent! Enjoy !

    June 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      : ( sorry to hear that, I was looking forward to seeing you again. Take it easy today.

      June 23, 2013

  • Jenny

    Still not up to doing a long walk and drive. Thought I may have been well enough but have probably done too much today! Hopefully be back to normal by next week.

    June 22, 2013

  • Derek

    No room in the Red Lion unfortunately so no need to park too close. Looking at alternatives.

    June 22, 2013

    • Derek

      With a such a large group, we're heading to the Waterfront Cafe at Benson for lunch. Postcode for sat nav's is OX10 6SJ. Please update me tomorrow if your dropping off lunch list.

      June 22, 2013

  • John M.

    Hi Derek, would you be able to recommend a way of walking to the venue (ie, a footpath away from the road) from somewhere like Wallingford or Benson? I haven't bothered checking the bus times (from Reading) as yet but if there's no bus (please ensure you're at the start point at least 10 mins beforehand), it'll have to be Cholsey & Moulsford rail station.

    June 12, 2013

    • John M.

      Brilliant... Thanks Derek... See you Sunday... :-)

      June 17, 2013

    • Derek

      The drop-off for Greenmere is near a telephone box. If you carry on along the pavement with houses to your left, within 100 yards you'll meet the footpath that straddles the road. We'll see you there.

      June 22, 2013

  • janet r

    only 9 minutes from my house by car

    June 22, 2013

    • Derek

      ....so no reason to be late then ;-)

      June 22, 2013

    • Beth E.

      So who's coming with you? Kelly or Kelly? ---->

      June 22, 2013

  • Anna H

    sorry weather looks difficult for walking in glasses! will join next time

    June 22, 2013

  • minesh

    I enjoy walking

    June 21, 2013

  • Brian S.

    Lunch Please

    June 21, 2013

  • Rebeca

    Lunch please

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    lunch please

    June 21, 2013

  • janet r

    kelly lunch too

    June 20, 2013

  • Tim M.

    Sorry, plans have changed.

    June 19, 2013

  • Moira L.

    Lunch please

    June 18, 2013

  • Derek

    Reply below using the Reply button if you would like a place for lunch --------v

    June 9, 2013

    • John M.

      Dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner... BAT MAN!

      June 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Lunch please

      June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am planning to drive from West Oxford (where I live). I could easily pick people up at Redbridge Park and and Ride if that helps. Equally happy to meet someone there and travel in their car.

    June 18, 2013

  • Julie G.

    lunch please. Beth can we share a lift?

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would like to join people for pub lunch. Happy to car share or drive myself. Thanks.

    June 17, 2013

  • Stephen G.

    Sadly down in London all day

    June 17, 2013

  • linda

    Would like a lift from Oxford please. Thanks

    June 16, 2013

  • Tim M.

    Lunch please

    June 16, 2013

  • janet r

    lunch please xxx

    June 16, 2013

  • Peter L.

    lunch please

    June 16, 2013

  • Sue B.

    There's a bus arriving Wallingford about 9:50. Hopefully if I can get on the walk, I'd ask if anyone driving from Oxford via A4074 can pick up in the centre of Wallingford. It's then about 5 mins drive to walk. If not I'll jojn John on the bus and we'll run after you! Thanks as always to everyone who offers lifts. Sue

    June 15, 2013

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