White Horse Hill, Uffington

A 7.4-mile walk from the highest point in Oxfordshire at White Horse Hill, near Uffington, following the Ridgeway national trail towards Ashbury and passing Wayland’s Smithy.

Start at the National Trust pay and display car park (free for members) and pick up the main path to the top of White Horse Hill. This climb, albeit steep, offers spectacular views not just of the Bronze Age chalk horse figure itself but the surrounding Vale of White Horse. The Manger, a dramatic dry valley formed during the last Ice Age, is to your left, while to the east lies Dragon Hill with its distinctive flat top, said to be where St George slew the dragon. On a clear day, the summit provides views across six counties, including a glimpse of the Cotswolds to the northwest.

Follow the path around the left hand side of the Iron Age hillfort and pass through the gate ahead, turning right to join the Ridgeway national trail.

Take the Ridgeway for approximately two miles, pausing to explore Wayland's Smithy just before the path crosses the D'Arcy Dalton Way. This English Heritage site is a Neolithic chambered long barrow once thought to have been home to the Saxon smith-god Wayland. More than a dozen people were buried here between 3590 and 3550BC, although what caused their deaths is a mystery. A second, larger barrow was built on top of the original barrow between 3460 and 3400BC complete with a stone façade, the remains of which are still visible today.

From the car park at Ashbury Folly, turn left and follow the B4000 downhill. Take care on this quiet but fast stretch of road. As the road bears round to the right at Honeybunch Corner, cross into the field on your left hand side and take the steep path up Tower Hill towards the treeline at the top. Pass through these trees and start to descend over Odstone Down, following the path into a second field and turning left onto the next footpath when it crosses yours.

Follow this path in a northeasterly direction towards a treeline in the distance, crossing one bridleway and turning left onto the next as it heads north to rejoin the Ridgeway. Once on the Ridgeway, turn right and retrace your steps back to the start of the walk.