Viking silver and Chilterns chalk (1102)

Saturday 17 Oct ~ 2:30 PM

Find Kim's camp in Watlington Chalk Pits nature reserve, where you'll be able to warm yourself at the fire, learn more about the chalk pit itself, and the Watlington Viking Hoard. You'll also get a chance to learn some Viking fighting techniques. Take some time to explore the Icknield Way and/or Watlington Hill before heading home.

This event is part of the Watlington Nature Festival.

Route Details

1.5 miles
1 hour
Fairly easy (some gentle inclines, steps/stiles)



Meeting arrangements

The event will take place at Watlington Pits nature reserve, off Hill Road, where the Ridgeway National Trail crosses it. Nearest parking is in Hill Road car park (OX49 5AD, free parking), it is 1km from there up Hill Road to the chalk pits. There is space for only two cars parking close by the nature reserve itself, off road on the left if driving out of Watlington (OX49 5AF nearest post-code), so please leave these for use by Blue Badge holders.

Walk Leader

Kim Biddulph, for the Chilterns Conservation Board. Kim is an archaeologist who is most comfortable wearing historical clothing while sitting around a fire making something. She runs historical workshops in schools and museums under the name Schools Prehistory, and is always looking for new ways to bring history to life. She is also a qualified historical sword fighting instructor.

Public Transport Links

Bus number X40 from Oxford Westgate to Benson Marina and then bus number 11 from Benson Marina to Watlington library. Walk from centre of Watlington.

Family Friendly

Kim is experienced at engaging with children and will have lots of activities for young and old alike. Suited to children age 7 up. The walk from Watlington to the Chalk Pit nature reserve is just under 1km (1,200 steps!).

Dogs Welcome

Dogs on leads welcome


Access to the Chalk Pit is via a narrow kissing gate and rough ground. There is a pavement from Watlington to that point, on slightly rising ground, and the Icknield Way on either side of the road is navigable for buggies, though rough for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Further Information

Each bubble is recommended to bring hand sanitiser so they can sanitise their hands after handling objects or using craft tools. You are recommended to keep 2m distance from people not in your bubble. There are no toilets in the Chalk Pits. There are public toilets in the centre of Watlington.

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This project has been part funded by the The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development through the Chilterns LEADER programme. The grant received through this programme has helped make these festivals happen. 


Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel is our prime sponsor for the Chilterns Walking Festival. The hotel is ideally located with lots of walks and rides from the doorstep, including the Ridgeway National Trail, the Icknield Way and the Chilterns Cycleway close by. There are circular walks too taking you up into the beechwoods and the nearby Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve. The Lambert Hotel welcomes walkers and cyclists, it is an ideal stop-off for lunch or tea and is a great touring based for those staying over. The hotel is located near J6 of the M40 and there is a 24 hour bus service (the Oxford Tube)between London and Oxford which stops just a few minutes walk from the hotel. 


A family owned and run Henley brewer and award-winning pub company which has been at the heart of British life for over 200 years. Many of the company's 132 pubs are located in picturesque rural and town centre settings across The Chilterns.


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