The Uffington White Horse photographed by the BBC for a series of extraordinary sites seen from the air. The White Horse is in the county of Oxfordshire, 8 km (5 miles) south of the town of Faringdon town, and 2.5 km (1.6 miles) south of Uffington.
The Uffington White Horse was cut into the hill 3,000 years ago. It’s 110m by 40m, the longest chalk engraving in the UK, but research indicates that Bronze Age people who produced this art did not just cut away the turf to reveal chalk but dug large trenches and filled them with chalk, a lot more work and determination required, possibly a form of worship by a Celtic tribe to the horse-goddess Epona.
More prehistoric sites near Stonehenge
First choice is undoubtedly Avebury, a larger circle of smaller stones set around a charming little village. Less than an hour’s drive north of Stonehenge, you are free to walk around them, sit outside the local pub and view them over a glass of beer or hug them at your leisure with no charge at any time of the day, night or year.
There are also plenty of giant White Horses carved into chalk hills and prehistoric hill forts around, though the latter only involve high grassy mounds surrounded by steep rings.