Ridgeway is Britain's oldest road, running for 85 miles through Oxfordshire, Wiltshire,
Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.
This ancient road extends from Ivinghoe
Beacon in the north to Overton Hill in the south.
For centuries The Ridgeway
has provided a route for travellers, cattle drovers, traders and armies moving
through this corridor of fertile chalk downland.
The ancient hill fort of
Uffington dates from 600 BC and is an example of a defensive position with its
enormous ramparts, although some historians argue that it may have been more symbolic
The White Horse of Uffington, which lies close to The Ridgeway
path, is thought to be the oldest hill figure in Britain.
Carved out into
the chalk escarpment, the horse measures 374 feet in length, and is thought to
date back to 1000BC in the late Bronze Age.
The hill on which it sits is
crowned by the Bronze Age hill-fort of Uffington Castle.
Nearby is Dragon
Hill, where St George allegedly slew the beast, and this has given rise to many
tales in local mythology.
The Ridgeway gives good access to these sites.