Despite living in Oxfordshire for a number of years, I’ve only walked around the White Horse once and I’ve never been up to Wayland Smithy. A few weekends ago, we ambitiously thought we could do both in a short amount of time. We couldn’t so we focused on Wayland Smithy. It was a lovely Sunday morning and we packed up a very excited Poppy into the car and headed off.
We were one of the first visitors to the car park and after a few minutes scrambling around the car looking for some change to pay for parking, we headed out of the car park and up the hill towards Wayland Smithy. It was a lovely walk, along chalky paths, with an amazing view of the Oxfordshire countryside.
The burial ground itself is nothing like I’ve ever seen before. The area is strangely tranquil and in the most amazing place. It’s believed that 14 people were buried in the ground and that the mound on top was added at a later date. It was only used for a short period of time.
On the walk back down towards the car, we quickly learnt that Poppy doesn’t really like horses as there were a number of riders using the bridleway. Fortunately, there were a few places we could duck into in order to get Poppy out of the way. We’ll definitely be going back for a walk around the White Horse soon, though we’ll be packing a thermos to enjoy a brew with the view.
The Walk: The walk from the White Horse car park to Wayland Smithy and back isn’t very long, but you can always add in a stroll around the White Horse and there are a number of other walks to do around the area.
Cost: Completely free!
Car Park: We parked in the White Horse car park, which is run by the National Trust. There is a charge and the machine doesn’t take 5p’s and won’t take newer 10p’s. National Trust members get free parking (I think!).
Refreshments: Nope, but there are a few picnic benches in the car park with a fantastic view over Uffington.