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Ancient rolling downland, home to an enigmatic chalk hill figure

The internationally-renowned Bronze-Age Uffington White Horse can be seen for miles away leaping across the head of a dramatic dry valley in the Ridgeway escarpment.

The horse is only part of the unique complex of ancient remains that are found at White Horse Hill and beyond, spreading out across the high chalk downland.

The Manger, a dramatic dry valley has steep rippled sides left from the retreating permafrost during the last Ice Age. These ripples are known as the Giant's Steps.

To the east of the Manger lies Dragon Hill, a small roundish hill with a flattened top. It is said to be the site where St. George, England's patron saint, slew the dragon. The blood poisoned the ground and left a white chalk scar for all to see.

Crowning White Horse Hill is an Iron Age hillfort known as Uffington Castle. A simple design of one rampart and ditch, the castle at 860 feet (262m) above sea level forms the highest point in Oxfordshire, with views for miles around over six counties.

Across the property Burial Mounds can be spotted. These date from the Neolithic period and have been reused up to the Saxon age. The largest contained 47 skeletons and this can be seen as you walk up to the Horse from the car park, if you look carefully.

Time for a walk?

Feel the stiff breeze in your hair at Uffington’s White Horse Hill

Winter's a great time to get out for a walk to blow away the cobwebs.  Download our map and plan your next visit. We're open all year.

If you fancy a good hike with great views, you might also want to check out this great 8 mile circular walk to Ashdown and back.

 

Do your 50 things challenges here

It may be one of our region's most important historical sites, but there can be few better places to challenge a child to climb a hill, fly a kite or roll back down again.

Keep dogs under close control

Your four legged friend is welcome, if well behaved

You're welcome to bring your dog along to explore this dramatic site, but please keep it under close control at all times. Dogs must be put on leads near livestock.

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The exhilarating feel of the wind tugging at your kite at White Horse Hill

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