Badbury Clumps

The sandy outcrop of Badbury Hill is the site of an Iron Age defended enclosure, roughly circular in shape, built and occupied from around 600 B.C.</strong>

In use until the first century A.D. Unfortunately much of the original diches and ramparts were levelled in the 19th century. Popular as a recreation area, it is known locally as Badbury Clump. The bluebells under the beech trees which now cover much of the summit of the hill attract large numbers of visitors in the spring.

Address: Highworth Road, Faringdon, SN7 7NJ

Visit the National Trust website for more information.

Buscot Lock and Weir

Buscot lock is on the River Thames near the village of Buscot.

In 1970 the Thames Navigation Commission built the lock, it is one of the smallest on the River Thames. With it’s heavy wooden beams which the the lock keeper uses to open and close the gates it is quite a picturesque little lock. The weir was built in 1979. It is an unusual cresting weir and produces a lovely large weir pool surrounded by a grassy meadow which is now a National trust picnic area.

Address: Buscot Lock,  Lechlade Rd, Faringdon, SN7 8DQ

Visit the National Trust website for more information.

Dragon Hill

Dragon Hill is a small flat topped chalk hillock immediately below the Uffington White Horse.

Legend says that it was upon this hillock that Saint George, the patron saint of England, slew the Dragon and a bare patch of chalk, where no grass will grow, is where the Dragon’s poisonous blood was spilt.

Address: Faringdon, SN7 7QJ

Visit the National Trust Website to plan your visit.

Faringdon Folly

Faringon Folly sits on the top of Folly Hill (also known as Cromwell Battery) and can be climbed on numerous weekends in the year (www.faringdonfolly.org.uk) and each Christmas sports a light that can be seen for miles around.

Folly Hill is located East of Faringdon alongside the A420 that runs between Swindon and Oxford. The tower that perches on top of the hill, surrounded by a well-managed mature woodland, was built by Gerald Tyrwhitt Wilson, 14th Baron Berners in the 1930s.

The tower is reputed to be the last Folly built in England and although called Folly Tower which means that is purely built for decoration, Folly Tower in Faringdon was built so as to be a viewing point and thus serves a purpose.

Click here to read more about Faringdon Folly

Great Coxwell Barn

Great Coxwell Barn is a large 14th century barn situated on the northern edge of the village of Great Coxwell.

The Barn would would have been used to store most, if not all, of the crop produced by Beaulieu Abbey as it was part of the monastic grange.

Addess: Great Coxwell, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7LZ

Barn is open all year round.

Little Wittenham Nature Reserve

The Reserve offers a self-guided walk and a regular programme of family events exploring the reserve’s wildlife.

Open 365 days a year! Come &amp; enjoy the wildlife, views, walking or flying kites on the Clumps.At the heart of the Northmoor Trust Estaste are two chalk hills: Round Hill and Castle Hill. The two hills are known as the Wittenham Clumps. Hill Farm, Little Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4QZ

Address: Little Wittenham, Abingdon, OX14 4RB

Visit the Earthtrust Website for more information.

Nature Reserves

Bucks, Berks & Oxon Wildlife Trust nature reserves provide havens for wildlife and places where people can experience our stunning natural world themselves. With over 80 nature reserves, the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust can offer something for everyone.

Go to the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust website to find your nearest reserve.

Uffington Castle

Uffington Castle is the remains of an early Iron Age (with underlying Bronze age) hill fort.

Surrounded by two earth banks separated by a ditch with an entrance in the eastern end it is about 32000 square metres. Excavations indicate that it was probably built in 7th or 8th century BC and was continually occupied throughout the Iron age.

Address: Dragon Hill Road, Faringdon, SN7 7QJ

Go to the National Trust website for more information.

Waylands Smithy

Just off the Ridgeway you will find Wayland’s Smithy, a prehistoric tomb estimated to be about 5,000 years old.

Its present day name came around 2,000 years ago when the Saxons wove an ancient Norse legend around the tomb. The tale tells how Wayland, the son of a giant, was taught magical smithying skills by the trolls. King Niduth of Sweden crippled Wayland and held him prisoner, forcing him to forge fabulous metalwork for him. When King Niduth’s two sons came to Wayland requesting swords, he took his revenge by murdering them, turning their skulls into gifts for King Niduth – a beautiful goblet and matching bowl. The story says that Niduth unwittingly feasted from his dead sons’ heads. At a later stage the King’s daughter came to Wayland with a ring to be mended. Wayland ravished her, then made his escape on fantastic metal wings which he had forged.

It is situated within walking distance from the White Horse and Uffington Castle. The mound was restored in 1962 – 1963 by Stuart Piggot and Richard Atkinson. The mound was built in two separate phases, firstly a timber chambered oval barrow was built in 3700BC and then a second chambered long barrow was built in around 3400BC.

Address: Near Uffington Castle

Visit the National Trust website for information on walks to Waylands Smithy.

White Horse at Uffington

The White Horse at Uffington is a 374 foot long chalk figure carved into the hillside.</strong>

The White Horse at Uffington is a 374 foot long chalk figure carved into the hillside. Until recently it was presumed to be created in the Iron age but soil testing now suggests it was more likely created in the Bronze age making it some 3000 years old. It can only be seen fully from the air suggesting it was a signal to the Gods. A visit to the White Horse involves a lovely walk up the White Horse Hill from the National Trust free car park. From the Horse spectacular views across the Vale can be enjoyed.

Address: Dragon Hill Road, Faringdon, SN7 7QJ

Go to the National Trust website for more information.