The peaceful villages of Aston Upthorpe and Aston Tirrold sit side by side on the northern edge of the North Wessex Downs, nestled under the escarpment below the Ridgeway. The villages have a great community atmosphere, with many active local societies and clubs offering a wide range of activities. The Post Office in the village hall doubles as a popular community cafe.
Lower Ham Yard is bounded by the chalk landscape of the North Wessex Downs to the south and the quiet villages of the Vale of White Horse to the north. Close by are the many gallops of the racing stables of the Ridgeway, which itself is great for cycling and walking. The charming market towns of Wallingford and Abingdon-on-Thames are only a few miles away, and the many ancient footpaths, pubs and churches of the surrounding area are waiting to be explored.
The village is in a very tranquil setting, yet within a short drive of the A34 and is an excellent location, close to many premium employers such as the Harwell Campus and Milton Park. Didcot Parkway Station, just 5 miles away, is served by regular, fast trains to Paddington, the West and the Midlands. The A34 links easily to the M4 to London and Bristol, and to the M40 to the Midlands.
Oxfordshire is blessed with a wide range of excellent state and independent schools, including Didcot Girls’ School (Ofsted ‘outstanding’) and St Birinus (Ofsted ‘good’) in Didcot, several independent schools in Abingdon, including Abingdon School and Radley College, and of course, Oxford itself. The closest primary school is in South Moreton, rated ‘good’. Other independent schools in the area include The Oratory, Cranford House, Moulsford, Shiplake and Pangbourne.