Whitehorse Hill

Start: NT car park

Finish: NT car park

Length: 6.43 km/ 4 miles

Weather: hot and sunny

 

After putting up our tent at Britchcombe Farm, we parked up at the National Trust car park and followed the circular route around Whitehorse Hill and Wayland Smithy.

 

No Through Roads walk 69, clearly laid out, lovely illustrations and the route is still 100% accessible - nothing has changed since the 70s when this walk was devised.

Whitehorse Hill. No Through Roads walk 69

 

 

whitehorse hill No Through Roads walk 69

 

whitehorse hill No Through Roads walk 69

 

Dragon Hill to the left, Whitehorse Hill to the right. Legend has it that George slayed the dragon on Dragon Hill. The poisonous blood from the dragon killed the grass on top of the hill and nothing grows there now, hence the white patch of chalk.

dragon hill No Through Roads walk 69

 

The head and eye of thw white horse.

whitehorse hill No Through Roads walk 69

 

whitehorse hill No Through Roads walk 69

 

Looking down to the manger.

whitehorse hill No Through Roads walk 69

 

the manger whitehorse hill No Through Roads walk 69

 

whitehorse hill No Through Roads walk 69

 

whitehorse hill No Through Roads walk 69

 

On the Ridgeway.

the ridgeway

 

Wayland's Smithy is a Neolithical chambered long barrow, built about 2800BC. During an excavation in 1919, nine skeketons were discovered.

Wayland the Smith is the Nordic god of Blacksmiths and it is said that the stone-lined entrance to the barrow was his cave. Any one who needs a new shoe for their horse must tie their horse tot the upright stone, leave a silver coin, turn around, whistle three times and then the horse will have a new shoe.

wayland's smithy

 

On the Ridgeway again.

the ridgeway