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“Ghostly old place”
Review of Wayland's Smithy

Wayland's Smithy
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 have 2 go find a horse) and leave a silver coin in the tomb, when u return the horse will have new horse shoes and the silver will be gone! It's just a legend, not to be taken seriously. I have been there in the middle of the night before, no comment, it's a spooky place. Check out the carvings on the trees, some of them are over 100 years old.

Thank Rob H
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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 to know the same!

Excellent place for a visit either off the Ridgeway (which is an important site in itself) or from the White Horse. There is a closer parking pull-in nearer if you don't want to walk all of the way.

Thank 890RichardF
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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 parking spots just outside of Ashbury. A top tip is not to walk along the Ridgeway itself, but to head to the right into the very pleasant woodland.

The site is fenced, with huge trees providing a lovely spot for reflection and musing about an ancient culture that lugged the sarsen stones here to construct the cruciform (and accessible burial chamber).Good information board at the entrance too.

Highly recommended.

2  Thank GranmaEm
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Reviewed December 16, 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. Going East back towards the White Horse take the parallel track through the Woods which is less muddy and has great views south.

Thank davout
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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.

Thank ADocUk
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