Starting at the National Trusts Uffington White Horse car park, the route heads uphill to Uffington Castle (a iron age hill fort), from there you head right along The Ridgeway to Wayland's Smithy Long Barrow (a Neolithic chambered Long Barrow) just after the long barrow you turn right to follow the D’arcy Dalton Way to the villages of Compton Beauchamp And Woolstone, where the White Horse Inn is a good place to stop for lunch.
From Woolstone the route follows the White Horse Circular Walk back to and along the Ridgeway to Uffington Castle, Uffington White Horse and Dragon Hill, before following Dragon Hill Road back to the car park.
Parking and start point:
Start point & pay and display parking at the National Trusts Uffington White Horse car park, just click the link below it will take you straight to the car parking.
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Way Points on route:
Start off following the footpath from the top end of the Uffington car park.
WP2 Uffington Castle
Uffington Castle is an early Iron Age, Excavations have indicated that it was probably built in the 7th or 8th century BC and continued to be occupied throughout the Iron Age.
WP3 Wayland's Smithy Long Barrow
Wayland's Smithy is a Neolithic chambered long barrow, it was once believed to have been the home of Wayland, the Saxon god of metalworking.
Human remains found on the site indicate that 14 people were interred in an earlier burial structure between 3590 and 3550 BC. Between 3460 and 3400 BC a second far larger barrow was constructed on top.
WP4 St Swithun Church/Compton Beauchamp
Saint Swithun is 13th century and is built of chalk.
WP5 Woolstone/White Horse Inn
The White Horse Inn at Woolstone is a good place to stop for refreshments or lunchtime meals.
Continue straight on following the White Horse Circular Walk.
WP6 The Uffington White Horse
Head right following Signposts to Dragon Hill.
The Uffington White Horse is a prehistoric hill figure, 110 m (360 ft) long, formed from deep trenches filled with crushed white chalk. The figure is situated on the upper slopes of White Horse Hill.
The Uffington White Horse was created some time between 1380 and 550 BC, during the late Bronze Age or early Iron Age.
WP7 Dragon Hill
On leaving Dragon Hill, follow Dragon Hill Road Then head right on a footpath back to the car park.
Dragon Hill is a natural chalk hill with an artificially flattened top (on the scarp slope of White Horse Hill); according to legend, Saint George slew the dragon here. A bare patch of chalk upon which no grass will grow is purported to be where the dragon's blood spilled.
Finish back at the car park.
On good paths, tracks and across fields.
Places to stop for refreshments:
The White Horse Inn at Woolstone
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