Open green space is essential for our health and wellbeing, and we are delighted that more people than ever are now out and about enjoying OPT land. With our commitment to the green agenda, OPT have no car parks, so why not take a cycle ride or a long walk. Help us to keep our environment, our wildlife and you safe by considering a visit outside likely peak times. All our green spaces are open.
Field and woodland with an extensive view and a Roman tale to tell
The pasture and woodland stretch out to reveal extensive views of Didcot and the Berkshire Downs to the south, and to Princes Risborough and the Chiltern Hills to the east. The field has been designated as a Local Wildlife Site for its unimproved grassland on Lower Greensand soils, and wet flush/spring areas, which are unusual in Oxfordshire.
A map of 1886 shows the land as open hills with Rye Hill Barns occupying the site of what were once Roman Pottery kilns. These are marked on the current Ordnance Survey map.
OPT bought the land in the 1930s from Abingdon Rural District Council when they were no longer needed as catchment areas for water for Sunningwell. Today they provide an area where people can take in fresh air, enjoy the view and a walk along the footpath.
Photo taken in 2008.