Little Wittenham

The Nature Reserve consists of the locally well-known Wittenham Clumps and Little Wittenham Woods. Managed by the Earth Trust, this area is dedicated to conservation and rich in wildlife - from funghi, Comfrey and teasel to butterflies and birds (120 bird species have been counted).


The reserve is ideal for short walks through grassland and woodland, and from the top you get wide views across the Thames Valley.

It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to reach the top from the car park in a straight line. Points of interest include the Poem Tree, with carvings by Joseph Tubb dating back to the 19th century, and Castle Hill, site of an Iron Age Hill Fort.


This is a good place for exploring wildlife. Take a walk through wildflower meadows and on sunny summer days you might be lucky enough to see damselflies and dragonflies.

What to consider

The area can be wet and muddy, even in the summer, and solid footwear is recommended any time of year. It's also worth noting that the ascent is exposed and the wind can get quite cold at times.

General Information

  • How to get there

    From Wallingford, follow the A4130 to Brightwell-cum-Sotwell. At the end of the village, turn right towards Little Wittenham. Take first right towards Little Wittenham. The reserve is to your right after a few hundred yards.

  • Parking

    Free car park by the entrance. Please note the main Earth Trust car park closes at 4pm, the Clumps car park (100 yards on left) is always open.

  • Accessibility

    This walk is not suitable for buggies, wheelchairs, or wheeled walking aids.

  • Further Information

    Telephone: Earth Trust Centre: (+44) (0)1865 407792