Uffington SN7 7QJ
The Uffington White Horse is a highly stylised prehistoric hill figure, formed from deep trenches filled with crushed white chalk. Located 10 miles east of Swindon, the hill is part of the scarp of the Berkshire Downs.
It is 110m long and dominates the hillside of the White Horse Vale. The design is thought to date back to the Bronze Age. Until the 19th century, the horse was managed by “scouring” fairs held on the hill. At these events, local people would gather and work together with tools and small knives to tidy up the border and keep the horse image looking tidy.
Images of the horse have been found on pre-Roman coins and there is a wealth of Iron Age relics in the area around the horse.
The White Horse is used as a symbol by diverse organisations with Oxfordshire or Berkshire connections and appears in numerous works of literature, art and music. It has inspired copies all over the world, from the Kilburn White Horse in Yorkshire to a replica in Cockington Green Gardens in Australia.
Today, White Horse Hill is managed by the National Trust. It is open all year round and is a great place for dogs and their owners to get some exercise. The hill marks the highest point in Oxfordshire. From the top, you can enjoy views stretching out across six counties.
Starting from the White Horse Hill car park, take the gate nearest to the disabled bays and make your way across the field towards the White Horse (you can’t miss it!). Head for the furthest gate on the left and, after crossing the road, follow the path up to the White Horse, which is signposted.
Once you are on the hill, you can continue along the National Trust trail and explore Dragon Hill, Uffington Castle and Waylands Smithy.