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Wayland's Smithy

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Ranked #115 of 174 Attractions in Oxfordshire
Type: Historic Walking Areas
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Waylands smithy in the vale of the white horse is a secluded and atmospheric historical space. quite a long walk from the car park but signposted so you can't get lost - even if you did the area is stunning so you can still enjoy the views - sunset is amazing on a good day

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Ok, now...I love things like this...but I think I made the mistake of comparing it too kennet long barrow....in itself its a lovely little place, shielded by a fence if trees (which by the way take a look at them!) you can climb over it and there is a feel of spirituality here...you can't go inside the barrow but seeing... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

The first time we visited (many years ago) there was no signposting. Much better now & easily found. The car park cost us £1.50 for 2 hours. Enjoyed the walk along the Ridgeway (itself interesting) and easily found the barrow (1.3 miles). A small but informative signpost by the barrow. Very atmospheric. We walked back along to Uffington Castle (not... More

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Ive been here three times now. i could spend all day here and still not want to leave at the end of it. the atmosphere here is electric. even the small woods across the main path seems to carry the same feeling. the woods run parallel with the main path, but you have to keep an eye out for the... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Park at white horse hill main car park, £2 for 2hrs should do it, walk along the road past the castle mound off to your left until you get to the ridgeway, turn right to waylands smithy. Old burial ground, quite a famous legend associated with the entrance to the chambers, if you leave your horse there (I know, you'll... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

As it was a nice day, the short walk (about 1.5 miles) to here from the car park for White Horse and Uffington Castle wasn't too bad. We took our niece and her friend (aged 10) here so certainly prepare by knowing how to answer "Are there dead people still here?" as I'm sure any similar aged kid will want... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This marvellous neolithic long barrow is very reminiscent of it's more famous cousin at West Kennet with the added advantage that it is slightly out of the way and less touristy as a result. Just off the Ridge Way : - a path used continuously by human travellers for the last 5000 years it is within easy reach of the... More

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Wantage, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

A mile or so west along the Ridgeway from the White Horse you'll find this neolithic burial chamber. There isn't a lot to see at the site, with the small compensation that the views north and north west from the Ridgeway are better from this location. In the Winter the Ridgeway track going west gets very muddy beyond this point.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

A secluded ancient site that is only a short walk from the Uffington White Horse so if you are up visiting that it is probably well worth a visit. There is a little bit of information at the site but apart from that not much else.

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