The view north overlooks Day's Lock on the River Thames near Dorchester-on-Thames. Day's Lock is the main gauging station for the measurement of the water flow in the River Thames. The World Poohsticks Championships, on behalf of the RNLI, have taken place annually here since 1983.
Wittenham Clumps is the name for a group of small hills in the otherwise flat Thames Valley, Oxfordshire. Mostly grassed, but are wooded at the top with ancient beech trees giving them a distinctive and prominent appearance. The area is a popular beauty spot, with a car park and paths for access on foot.
Strictly speaking, the name Wittenham Clumps, or simply The Clumps, refers to the wooded summits of these hills, which are themselves more properly referred to as the Sinodun Hills, the name Sinodun deriving from Celtic, Seno-Dunum, meaning 'Old Fort'. Other lesser-used and more colloquial names for the Clumps include the Berkshire Bubs and Mother Dunch's Buttocks (after a local Lady of the Manor named Dunch). The two main hills are called Castle Hill and Round Hill.