Wednesday, 31 October 2007

White Horse and Wayland's Smithy

White Horse from the airstart: Oxford, St Giles [SP512065]
finish: Oxford, St Giles
distance: 77 km

The White Horse of Uffington is thought to be the oldest hill figure in Britain, dating back more then 3000 years. Cycling there, through the Vale of the White Horse, is very flat until you reach the ridge way. It's a challenging climb but once you're at the top there are, apart from the horse, two more sites worth visiting in close proximity: Uffington Castle with it's banks and ditches surviving, and Wayland's Smithy, a neolithic long barrow. (reproducted photography ; Morris Marples, 'White Horses and other Hill Figures', Alan Sutton, 1981).

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White Horse and Wayland's Smithy, elevation profile

This route is also published on MapMyRide

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