Clifton Lock

Clifton Lock is located on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, between the villages of Clifton Hampden to the south and Long Wittenham to the north. Clifton Lock lies 4.52 km (2.81 mi) downstream from Culham Lock and 4.8 km (3.0 mi) upstream from Day's Lock.

The Clifton Cut starts at the lock and takes the river about 1.6 km (nearly 1 mi) to the north of Long Wittenham before it resumes its natural course. The lock was completed by the Thames Navigation Commissioners in 1822. In 1835 the main weir was built on the original route of the river. There is also a smaller weir just above the lock.

Around the lock

There is a picnic bench on a small grassy area from where you can see the small 'house weir' and watch the boats.

Beyond the lock

North of the lock you will find the historic Barley Mow pub. This timber-framed building dates back to 1352 and featured in Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. You can also find remains of second world war pillboxes in the lock gardens.

General Information

  • Address

    High St
    Long Wittenham, Abingdon
    OX14 4QN

  • How to get there

    The best way to get there is on foot, along the Thames Path, from Clifton Hampden.

  • Parking

    There is no visitor's parking at the lock.