History in the hills

Each of our special places has a story to tell, including these ancient landscapes. Take a walk to discover the bronze-age White Horse of Uffington, or learn more about Cold War rocket test sites on the Isle of Wight.

Aerial view of the White Horse Uffington Oxfordshire
Walking

White Horse Hill, Oxfordshire 

Enjoy a walk across the ancient chalk downs of Oxfordshire and absorb the history found along this enigmatic stretch of the ancient Ridgeway.

Time: 4 hours
Distance: 7.7 miles (12.3 km)

Walkers preparing to walk along the ridge of St Catherine's Down
Walking

St Catherine's Down, Isle of Wight 

Discover the story of Walter de Godeton, a local lord who was punished for receiving cargo from a wrecked ship. He was ordered to pay for a monk to tend a lighted beacon to warn ships and to offer prayers in St Catherine’s Oratory for the souls lost at sea.

Time: 2 hours
Distance: 4.5 miles (7.2 km)

Two walkers setting out along the Needles headland
Walking

Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight 

An invigorating downland walk with a splendid view of the iconic Needles plus a 19th-century fort, Cold War rocket test site and a monument to a Victorian poet laureate.

Time: 2 hours 30 mins
Distance: 7 miles (11.2 km)

Walk the paths at Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl in Surrey
Walking

Hindhead Commons, Surrey 

Retrace the steps of our co-founder Sir Robert Hunter on this walk at Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl. Hunter lived nearby in Haslemere, and in 1906 intervened to buy the Commons for the National Trust.