Watlington Hill


Type:Nature Trail / Watching

Watlington Hill, Christmas Common, Watlington, Oxfordshire, OX49 5HS

Tel: +44 01494 755 573

Watlington Hill, Oxfordshire


A mosaic of short rabbit turf, scrub and dense yew woodland make Watlington Hill an especially good site for butterflies, with a large population of silver-spotted skipper flying here from late July to early September. This is also a super spot for picnics – just watch the butterflies flutter and red kites soar overhead as you tuck in.

The grassland strip below the yew wood is a beautiful area as well and great for more butterfly-spotting, especially for green hairstreak, brown argus, common blue and marbled white. Follow the path along the edge of the yew wood, listening for the squeak of goldcrests as you walk, then turn right and up the steps.

Along the west-facing slope, look out for chalkhill blue and, in high summer, candytuft. Head towards the Chalk Mark (an 18th century spire cut into the chalk hillside) and enjoy vast views over the Vale.

Watlington Hill is a visual delight, so come indulge yourself for a day and appreciate the delicate beauty of the butterflies!

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Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Watlington Hill is 5 miles (8km) south of junction 6, M40. Take the road towards Christmas Common off the B4009.

Public Transport Directions

There is a regular bus service (101) from Oxford to Watlington, by which Watlington Hill can be accessed. Alternatively, Watlington Hill is reachable on foot - 1 mile (1.6km) south east of Watlington on pavements, the Oxfordshire Way passes close by.

Opening Times

Watlington Hill (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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