Nuffield Common sits at the top of the chalk escarpment of the Chilterns, due east of Wallingford. At nearly 700 feet above sea level, it's one of the highest points in the Chilterns and, on a nice day, there are wonderful views across the Vale to the North Wessex Downs.
Historically, the common may have been 'sheep walk' for people living in Wallingford. The chalky soils will have provided dry grassland for animals when the Thames flooded. Remnants of the delicate chalk flora can still be found around the golf course which has been designated a Local Wildlife Site. In summer, if the green keepers don't mow to tightly, the bunkers are dotted with glorious purple pyramidal orchids.
In 1901 the common became a golf course, now Huntercombe Golf Club. The Ridgeway long distance path crosses the common.
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