Original flagstone floors and low beams combined with the open fire gives a relaxed atmosphere. But if you look around — not least in the middle of the car park — there are a whole series of curiously-shaped brown rocks. The slope is very, very steep so you need to be very careful not to imitate bouncing cheeses! Springs occur on steep slopes where you have a junction between the chalk and the underlying clay. This walk uncovers some of the stories behind - and beneath - these sights. Initially believed to date back to the Iron Age due to similar images found depicted on coins from that period, more recent dating by the Oxford Archaeological Unit placed the hill figure in the Bronze Age, some 3000 years ago. The western boundary crosses Dragon Hill, White Horse Hill, Uffington Down and the gallops on Woolstone Down. Look for a great white patch in the middle of the hill.
Measuring 360 feet long and 130 feet wide, its size and and flowing, abstract style set it apart from all other white horse geoglyphs and, on the matter of style, it is notable that similarly stylized representations of horses appear on coins found in the area dating back to the early Iron Age. Mystery abounds the creation of the White Horse — who made it, when and why? Picture: Part of the Geological Map of Great Britain. Darvill 1996 dismisses as folklore the suggestion that the horse had been fashioned in the , more particularly during Alfred's reign: there is no evidence to support this. The original purpose of the figure is unknown. Follow this grassy path through the dip. Its older houses are built of blocks and. Epona had a counterpart in Britain, Rhiannon, so the Uffington white horse may have been cut by adherents of a cult of the horse-goddess to be worshipped in religious ceremonies.
Make sure you walk against the traffic and keep a constant lookout for vehicles. One theory for these is that they are the remains of features we find today in very cold areas such as Siberia and Alaska. We saw how springs of water emerge, again because of the chalk. Take care as there is no footpath and you will need to walk on the road for a short distance. Photo source: Wikimedia By References — National Trust — Wiltshire White Horses — Mysterious Britain and Ireland Uffington Horse Wall Plaque Exquisite carvings of the Uffington horse in as displayed or , are available to purchase from , or you can earn the wood and metal carving through community participation in our.
Given its considerable antiquity and renown, it is likely to have served as an inspiration for these other white horses, including the Westbury White Horse and the Osmington White Horse. There are so few old, unimproved pastures left in England but here on the hill we have an old-fashioned meadow. We also learned that because the chalk rocks underneath our feet are soft, they are not very good for building so other materials have been used in their place. The Uffington Horse is illustrated on the cover of 1982 , the fifth studio album by the band , and appears among other symbols copied from 's The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects on the back cover of 's final album, 1993. However, it has been called a horse since the 11th century at least.
The village school mentioned in the book survives as , with exhibits on Thomas Hughes, the Uffington White Horse, and other local subjects. She replied that it was none of my business what message she took from my work, that once done, it was up to the reader to decide, and out of my hands. The ancient roadway, though, is longer than that and provided a link between Dorset and the Wash. It's been said that we never know what's in the heart of even our closest friends or family, how can we presume to know why a people 3k years ago made this? Images similar to the outline of the horse have been found on Iron Age coins. Traffic on the canal had virtually ceased by 1901 and the route was formally abandoned in 1914. Dragon Hill is a lovely place to see typical grassland flowers. These rocks may indicate Britain's warmer conditions before the onset of the Ice Ages some two or three million years ago.
The Earls of Craven lived not in Uffington but at nearby. The Wilts and Berks Canal 3rd ed. The Uffington White Horse and surrounding earthworks in Oxfordshire. Uffington United Football Club plays in Division Three. Are you associated with this business? Across the region, numerous burial mounds can be spotted.
This view was generally held by scholars before the 1990s, based on the similarity of the horse's design to comparable figures in. Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Go through the gate and cross the field. It was presumably created out of crushed chalk deposited into deep trenches. Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest. These three prehistoric sites lie beside the Ridgeway, the ancient route that ran from Dorset to the Wash and still crosses the chalk ridges of the Berkshire Downs. Underneath the low-lying valley bottoms, including the Vale of the White Horse in front of you, is a different type of rock called clay.
It has a level summit and this led to the assumption over the years that it was man-made. Another 10th- and 11th-century spelling was Offentune. To the east of the Manger lies Dragon Hill, a low flat-topped mound. A recording, produced by , was released by Oldfield Music in 1983. This is a characteristic of what are called springline villages. Spring is a wonderful time to visit the White Horse hill when the wildflowers are in full bloom.