Things to see and do at White Horse Hill

View of volunteers scouring the chalk horse at White Horse Hill, Uffington, Oxfordshire
Experience White Horse Hill and the surrounding area whatever the weather National Trust Images/James Dobson

The strenuous climb to the top of the hill is rewarded with seemingly never-ending views. On a clear day, the panoramic vistas stretch over six counties. Simply lie back and take a break from life. Feel the prickles of the grasses beneath you as you enjoy some cloud watching.

Take a giant leap through time

For thousands of years, man has come here. Evidence dates back to Neolithic times, at Waylands Smithy long barrow, then the Bronze Age white horse and the Iron Age hill fort. From Roman times to today, it has been cultivated and grazed and still retains its enigmatic fascination for visitors.

A twitcher's delight

Keep your eyes open for skylarks, meadow pipits, corn buntings and partridges, which breed in the grassland. Raise your gaze upwards, and you're likely to spot buzzards, kestrels or red kites hunting voles and field mice.

Dream up your legend of the horse

Crowned by the dramatic Bronze Age horse, this truly is a place of mystery and romantic legend, with stories of dragon slaying and poisoned blood. No one knows who created the chalk figure or why, so let your imagination run wild, and dream up your own lore of the white horse.

Go paragliding

Fancy a true adrenalin rush? Get a bird's-eye view of the horse by paragliding at the hill. Paragliding is only permitted under licence: contact Thames Valley Hang Gliding Club for details.

Walk Britain's oldest road

White Horse Hill is one of the many highlights along the Ridgeway National Trail, an ancient 87-mile chalk ridge route that was first used by prehistoric man, stretching from Avebury to the Chilterns. White Horse Hill's a great place to get out for a walk and blow away the cobwebs; we're open all year.

50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Challenge your youngsters to tick off some of their favourite activities here, at the highest point in Oxfordshire. Combine the wonderful sense of achievement in climbing a hill, with exhilarating kite flying and more.

Our guide to White Horse Hill

Plan your visit to White Horse Hill and avoid getting lost with our illustrated map.