Fantastic views are a superb feature of Haddon Acre and you can walk for miles without touching a road. Explore the Earth Trust Nature Reserve, Arboretum and the Wittenham Clumps straight from the yurt door. You can walk to the Thames or historic Dorchester Abbey within half an hour. We might have forgotten to mention we are only about 50 miles from London and very easy to reach by train or car.
EXPLORING THE AREA
The views from the garden are of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The farmland and the Wittenham Clumps are owned by the Earth Trust and the whole area is devoted to sustainability in farming and land management. The Wittenham Clumps are the site of an Iron Age Fort and extensive excavations have taken place including Time Team. The Mary and Michael ley lines conjoin on the route to the Clumps, making this an ideal site for dowsers and folk who revere the countryside.
The Ridgeway Path, the Chilterns, the Berkshire Downs, the North Wessex Downs, the Cotswolds, National Cycle Route are all accessible from Haddon Acre. Boats can be hired to explore the Thames or the canals. Boats can be hired from nearby Benson to cruise the Thames or Oxford or Reading to explore the canals. Oxford is a short drive or train journey from Didcot. There are many towns of historical importance within easy reach.
This is Red Kite country and there are several local hot spots for these majestic creatures together with over one hundred other species of birds. Miles of beautiful country walks are directly accessible from the garden without the need for any vehicle. From the top of the Clumps there is a panoramic view of surrounding counties. On a clear day you can see the Cotswolds.
Points of interest
Just over the river is Dorchester, an attractive village renowned for its Abbey Church, a place of worship for more than 1300 years. It is one of the largest churches in Oxfordshire and is believed to stand on the site of a former Saxon Cathedral. The next village of Brightwell cum Sotwell is justly famous for Mount Vernon, the home of the world famous Bach Flower Remedies.