Things to see and do at White Horse Hill

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 relax and take a break as you admire the scenery.

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

All year round, raise your gaze upwards, and you're likely to spot buzzards, kestrels or red kites hunting voles and field mice. In spring and summer, keep your eyes open for skylarks, meadow pipits, corn buntings and partridges which breed in the grassland.

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.

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.