Woolstone - Wayland's Smithy - Uffington Castle - Woolstone
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This short walk begins at the quaint White Horse pub in Woolstone. It climbs up to the ancient Ridgeway, passes by Wayland's Smithy, a Neolithic burial mound, then Uffington Castle, dating from the Bronze Age and finally The White Horse itself.
For thousands of years, at least 5,000 and maybe many more, people, be they drovers, traders or invaders, have walked or ridden The Ridgeway. As part of a prehistoric track, once stretching about 250 miles from the Dorset coast to The Wash on the Norfolk coast, it provided a route over the high ground for travellers that was less wooded and perilous (because of the wolves and wild animals that inhabited them) and drier than routes through the springline villages below.
The route is also the highest point in Oxfordshire and offers lovely views in every direction.
This walk features in the 'Pathways' book - for more information click on the link on the Walkingworld homepage.
England - Central England - Oxfordshire - Ridgeway
Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Castle, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Pub, Wildlife
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