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. If birdwatching is not your thing, why not try angling, cycling, boating or riding on a steam train and much more. It is all local.


Wittenham Clumps

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.


Surrounding Area

The Ridgeway Path, the Chilterns, the Berkshire Downs, the North Wessex Downs, the CotswoldsNational 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. Famous museums, the University and a host of other entertainment such as theatres, cinemas and all you would expect from a world famous city. Wallingford, and Abingdon are pretty Thames side market towns of historical importance.

Bird Watching 

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. Ramblers love it. From the top of the Clumps there is a panoramic view of surrounding counties. On a clear day you can see the Cotswolds. The Thames offers the obvious attractions plus the Thames Path and Days Lock.


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. Henley on Thames is only 15 miles away and is best known for the Regatta and the Music Festival as well as the unique River and Rowing Museum. The next village of Brightwell cum Sotwell is justly famous for Mount Vernon, the home of the world famous Bach Flower Remedies.

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Haddon Acre, Sires Hill,
Didcot, OX11 9BG

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