White Horse Hill

The internationally-renowned Bronze-Age Uffington White Horse can be seen for miles away leaping across the head of a dramatic dry valley in the Ridgeway escarpment.

The horse is only part of the unique complex of ancient remains that are found at White Horse Hill and beyond, spreading out across the high chalk downland.

The Manger, a dramatic dry valley has steep rippled sides left from the retreating permafrost during the last Ice Age. These ripples are known as the Giant's Steps.

To the east of the Manger lies Dragon Hill, a small roundish hill with a flattened top. It is said to be the site where St. George, England's patron saint, slew the dragon. The blood poisoned the ground and left a white chalk scar for all to see.

Crowning White Horse Hill is an Iron Age hillfort known as Uffington Castle. A simple design of one rampart and ditch, the castle at 860 feet (262m) above sea level forms the highest point in Oxfordshire, with views for miles around over six counties.

Across the property Burial Mounds can be spotted. These date from the Neolithic period and have been reused up to the Saxon age. The largest contained 47 skeletons and this can be seen as you walk up to the Horse from the car park, if you look carefully.

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Events over the next 6 Months

White Horse Hill to Ashdown guided walk, 27th October 2019, 9:30 to 15:00
You'll be following in the footsteps of the ancients on this lengthy 8-mile guided walk with our ranger across the Berkshire Downs. Learn of legends, burial chambers, romance and more...


White Horse Hill Evening Sky Tours 2019, 30th October 2019, 18:30 to 20:30
Enjoy a tour of the night sky on White Horse Hill and take in its wonders from this perfect stargazing location. Learn about the constellations, bright stars, planets and the deeper cosmos.


White Horse Hill Family Sky Tours Winter 2019, 1st November 2019, 17:00 to 19:00
Enjoy a tour of the night sky on White Horse Hill and take in its wonders from this perfect stargazing location. Learn about the constellations, bright stars, planets and the deeper cosmos.