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White Horse Hill, Uffington

#11 of 76 in Historic Sites in Oxfordshire
Must see · Ruin · Mysterious Site
Whitehorse Hill is a hill in the Berkshire Downs in Oxfordshire, England, west of Wantage. At 261 metres (856 ft), it is the highest point in Oxfordshire. Uffington Castle lies on the summit of the hill, and the Uffington White Horse is on the hill's northern slope. The hill and an adjacent area below, including Dragon Hill and The Manger, make up a 98.9-hectare (244-acre) biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The Manger, a dry valley below the hill, is a Geological Conservation Review site. It provides evidence of solifluction (slow slipping of soil downhill due to repeated freezing and thawing) during at least one cold stage of the Pleistocene.

The site has unimproved chalk grassland with a rich variety of flora, particularly in former chalk quarries. Grasses include upright brome and sheep’s fescue.
The Ridgeway National Trail crosses the hill south of Uffington Castle.

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  • Even on a freezing cold day, with mist threatening to ruin the view, this was such a magical place to visit! We parked for free nearer to Waylands Smithy then walked the ridgeway to the hill. Plenty.....  more »
  • Beautiful scenery, epic landscape. Although we weren't able to see the White Horse itself, due to some TV filming going on, it's a lovely place to walk, enjoy the fresh air and take in the stunning.....  more »
  • A bit of a personal review this because my sister Fiona died this week. She designed the car park 40 or so years ago. The challenge was to provide parking for 100+ cars on open downland without creating an eyesore. I may be biased but I think she did a great job. You can’t see the car park from anywhere except the car park!
  • Peace and quiet place. Vast area with historical importance. Good for hiking!

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