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White Horse Hill

Oxfordshire
United Kingdom
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Family orientated
Free Admission
Open to public
Ideal for walking

Description

The White Horse is cut out of the turf on the chalky upper slopes of Uffington Castle near to the Ridgeway. It is 374 feet long. The Uffington white horse is Britainís oldest and most famous hill figure at 2,000 to 3000 years old. As to the origins and builders of the white horse there are numerous theories, as many as those associated with Stonehenge. A Celtic god or tribal symbol, the dragon slain by St. George, Celtic horse goddess Epona, a religious icon to represent fertility, built to celebrate Alfredís victory over the Danes in 861 AD, horse worship in the Iron Age, created in the seventh century by Hengist in the image of a horse on his standard etc. The monument became very overgrown in the 19th Century and it has now been restored and is cared for by English Heritage. Visitors should be aware that can be very windy on top of the hill with no cover if it rains.
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