Walking

Walking trail

White Horse Hill to Ashdown walk

Walking trail

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

Don't miss the ancient White Horse carved into the chalk

Encompassing Neolithic history, this is a walk that will leave the 21st century behind for a few hours as you uncover the fascinating history of this ancient landscape.

Map

Map route for White Horse Hill to Ashdown walk 25 07 16

Start:

White Horse Hill car park, grid ref: SU293866

1

Leave the main car park by the gate nearest to the disabled bays and make your way across the field towards the White Horse. Head for the furthest gate on the left and, after crossing the road, follow the path up to the White Horse, which is signposted.

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2

Leave the horse by heading up the hill, passing Uffington Castle on your right, until you reach the Ridgeway. Turn right onto the Ridgeway and continue until you reach Waylands Smithy on your right.

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3

Continue on from Waylands Smithy for 0.2 miles (250m) then, at the crossroads, take the path to the left, passing a barn. Carry on until you reach the tree line. Turn right and follow the path until the road. Cross the road and carry on until you reach the grassy avenue running through Ashdown Estate.

4

Leave the footpath and walk along the large avenue towards Ashdown House. Feel free to detour and explore the woodland paths leading off the main avenue. When you near the House, head back onto the main avenue and follow the sign to the car park.

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5

Continue onwards, crossing the road and through the kissing gate. Climb up the hill keeping the fence line on your left until you reach a kissing gate in the corner. Go through the gate and continue on the footpath.

6

Continue on the footpath going downhill to reach the byway at Compton Bottom.

7

Turn left here and follow the path until the Ridgeway.

8

Turn right and retrace your steps back to the car park. You can turn left at the first road junction to get back to the car park.

End:

White Horse Hill car park, grid ref: SU293866

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White Horse Hill to Ashdown walk

Terrain

Generally a mixture of hard paths and field paths. The route can be muddy after wet weather. Ashdown Estate is grass paths. There are a couple of moderate slopes and one steep climb. There are three clear road crossings.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept under close control, and put on leads near livestock.

White Horse Hill to Ashdown walk

Contact us

White Horse Hill to Ashdown walk

How to get here

Address
South-west Oxfordshire, on Ridgeway between Swindon and Wantage
By road

Car parks at White Horse Hill, off the B4507 and Ashdown Estate on the B4000 (SU 285823).
 

By bus

Buses 47, 47a, X47: all limited service on Saturday, Swindon to Uffington, weekday service to Ashdown, alight at Rose and Crown. Go to Swindon Buses for further details.

By bicycle

The Ridgeway National off-road Cycle Route criss-crosses the walk - visit Sustrans for more information.

White Horse Hill to Ashdown walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept under close control, and put on leads near livestock