Difficulty 3 out of 10.
Through an attractive part of the Thames Valley to lunch in secluded Dorchester-on-Thames. Dorchester Abbey (now the parish church) is one of the few large monastery buildings to survive the Dissolution and is worth visiting. There's old stuff a-plenty and, in the floor, near a medieval wall painting, a quaintly worded stone records the sad end of Sarah Fletcher. In the afternoon, Little Wittenham church is also worth a quick look. A little later, you reach Wittenham Clumps, a nature reserve surroundng two Iron Age hill forts.
Get the 10.05 Weston-super-Mare train from Paddington. Arrives Didcot Parkway 10:52. West Londoners might prefer to catch the 09:23 stopping train from Ealing Broadway to Didcot Parkway, arriving there 10:44.
Trains back from Didcot at xx:11, xx:29 with another at about xx:16 (time varies slightly each hour).
There’s also a slower stopping train, handy for Ealing Broadway etc. Normally at xx:52, except the 16:55.
Get a return to Didcot Parkway.
Lunch Dorchester on Thames still has a number of coaching inns and pubs, so there's plenty of choice. On past occasions, walkers have used the Fleur de Lys (01865 340502 ).
Tea There is a Greene King pub, the Prince of Wales (01235 511380) opposite the station..
Otherwise there's a shop and refreshments in Didcot station.
Directions are here At point 12, follow the directions back to Didcot, not Appleford. (There are no trains to or from Appleford on a Sunday). t=swc.44