Sunday, May 11, 2008

hiking in uffington

WHITE HORSE HILL

The weather has been so beautiful for the last week, we decided to take advantage of the fact that there was sunshine, I was not watching any children, and Stephen was off work, and we headed to White Horse Hill-about 40 miles a way--near Stonehenge.

The mounds at the top are the bank and ditch that protected the castle

The horse is the oldest chalk horse in England--dating back from over 2500 years ago. There was a castle there at one point in history (300BC-43 AD), but as it was only a wooden fortress and is no longer standing. Directly down from the horse is Dragon Hill. Legend has it that Sir George slayed a dragon on that hill and where the blood was shed, nothing has grown there since.

DRAGON HILL

****Emma Shea wants you to know that the dragon is under the hill, so you are safe there!

THE GIRLS STANDING ON THE SPOT WHERE THE DRAGON WAS SLAIN


We walked about 8 miles total. The hills are incredibly steep and the the terrain rough at times, but we made and had a great time.

MICHAELA IS A SMALL DOT GOING UP THAT HILL

*click on the picture to enlarge it and see her*

About 1.5 miles from the White Horse Hill is Wayland Smithy. So of course we had to walk to that!! It is a long barrow used for burials approximately 5500 years ago. It was a nice leisurely walk with great views--and various bugs that Emma looked for to distract her from the fact that she was exhausted and her little legs were tired!!!!


THE ENTRANCE TO THE BARROW

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