GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Dorchester Circular Walk

9 miles (14 km)

The delightful Oxfordshire town of Dorchester on Thames has some lovely footpaths to follow through the surrounding countryside and woodland. This circular walk visits the River Thames, Little Wittenham Wood and Castle Hill Iron Age Hillfort. There's much to enjoy in the area, with riverside paths, peaceful woodland trails and wonderful views from the Wittenham Clumps hills on the southern side of the Thames. A must see in the town is the magnificent Dorchester Abbey. The abbey dates from 1140and contains a fascinating museum detailing the history of the area.
The walk starts in the town centre and heads south through the town before turning west towards Little Wittenham. Here you cross the Thames and follow paths through Little Wittenham Woods to Wittenham Clumps. These two hills are a popular local attraction, offering wonderful views of the Oxfordshire countryside from the high points. After exploring the site of an Iron Age Hillfort on Castle Hill, the walk descends through farmland to Shillingford where you cross the Thames on the 19th century bridge. Here you pick up the Thames Path to take you back along the river before turning north to return to the town.
To extend your walking in the area, simply head south along the riverside path to Wallingford where you can visit the ruins of the 11th century Wallingford Castle and pick up The Ridgeway National Trail.

Dorchester Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Dorchester Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you are looking for the Dorset county town of the same name please see the Dorchester Walks page.
Just to the west you can visit the neighbouring villages of Sutton Courtenay and Culham. The former picturesque settlement has several historic buildings including the 12th century Norman Hall and The Abbey - a Grade I listedmedievalcourtyard house. Culham has a particularly lovely lock and weir to admire.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Oxfordshire Walks page.


Toll house and Dorchester Abbey - - 947088

Toll house and Dorchester Abbey

High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames-24943141904

High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames-24943141904

Wittenham Clumps - - 1281021

Wittenham Clumps

Relief map and signpost at the Sinodun Hills - - 1242166

Relief map and signpost at the Sinodun Hills

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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