River Cherwell in Oxfordshire

Earth Trust Centre

Earth Trust is a community that has been committed to providing natural green space in Oxfordshire for over 40 years.

Their goal is to connect people with nature through a range of education, research and farming programmes whilst also managing a range of beautiful outdoor spaces.

Wittenham Clumps

Enjoy a figure of eight walk around the hilltops and down into Little Wittenham Wood, spot birds, butterflies and don’t forget the stunning panoramic views in Southern England.

Wittenham Clumps and Little Wittenham Wood are alive with wildlife, perfect for exploring and den building!

Community Meadows:

Wallingford Castle Meadows – Wallingford

Perfect for those families with budding Knights ready to fight dragons, this space is rich in wildlife and contains the remains of a medieval castle.

Riverside Meadows – Wallingford

Perfect for wildflower enthusiasts! Those lucky enough might catch sight of a kingfisher darting along the east bank of the Thames or for those early summer evenings, bats! On-site, a former WWII pillbox has been converted into a bat hibernaculum.

Mowbray Fields – Didcot

Perfect for cyclists and walkers, the Mowbray Fields is a tranquil wildflower meadow that helps to maintain biodiversity and nature’s cycle. You can spot frogs spawning or in Spring and early Summer, visitors can look for the Common Spotted and Southern Marsh Orchids. Take in the excellence of the reserve from the viewing platform at the centre. Ideal for family picnics and walks in nature.

Thrupp Lake – Abingdon

Thrupp Lake is one of the closest community meadows to us here at Milton Hill House and is perfect for bird-watching! Take a gentle 1 mile walk around the lake and look out for herons, kingfishers, swans and other wetland birds. Spot dragonflies darting across the water and if you’re really quiet, you might spot otters!

Abbey Fishponds – Abingdon

Another wetland location close to Milton Hill House, Abbey Fishponds is small nature reserve teeming with wetland wildlife. In 2012, the species list included 450 plants, mammals, birds, invertebrates and amphibians, plus 21 species of butterfly and 200 species of flowering plants. The ideal spot for amphibian enthusiasts!

Earth Trust’s locations are perfect for people of all ages, especially families looking to take their little explorers on an adventure!

Visit the website link for more information about each spot and visitor information, including dog walking rules. 

Getting There

Connected to Oxford and Didcot via the National Cycle Network #5 route – bike racks available at the centre.

Free car parking on-site.