White Horse Hill

White Horse Hill

Date of Adventure: 31 Jul, 2023

It’s a windy one!

At 261 metres (856 ft), White Horse Hill is the highest point in Oxfordshire and on a clear day the panoramic views stretch over six counties – it’s quite breath-taking. There’s lots of of stories surrounding this area, legend has it that Dragon Hill is where St George slayed the ferocious fire-breathing dragon. The famous white horse is the oldest cut-chalk figure in Britain and is formed from deep trenches filled with chalk. We made it up to Uffington Castle and then swiftly came back down again as my youngest was blown over!

This is an exhilarating outing with the wind in your face and views for miles around! Bring a kite if you are brave enough – ours snapped it was so windy! A word of advice: dress for the cold and then bring more layers, it can get pretty chilly up there.

Add to your adventure by tagging on a walk to Wayland’s Smithy, only a mile walk away via the Ridgeway, believed to be the home of Wayland, the Saxon god of metal working.

 

AT A GLANCE

Free
Always open
No booking required
No café
Accessible on the paths but there is a very steep gradient
40 minutes from Headington roundabout
No direct bus from Oxford, connecting routes via Wantage
National Trust car park: £2 for 2 hours; £4 for 24 hours; NT members park for free
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Main car park, Faringdon SN7 7QJ

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