It was a beautiful sunny day – a real change so we started our day by walking around the Cotswold town of Burford. The main street cascades down a steep hill and the old buildings along the street are a real mix match of eras. We enjoyed our walk around the quaint town and found the church of St John the Baptist with its interesting graveyard of “bale tombs” whose rounded tops symbolise wool and an impressive mausoleum of Lawrence Tanfield James I’s Chancellor of the Exchequer.
From Burford we headed south to the Vale of White Horse and to White Horse Hill. Carved into the north-facing slope of the hill is a 374 foot long horse. The horse looks as if it’s been done with simple strokes of a paint brush but really needed an aerial view to appreciate it fully. It is believed the horse was cut into the chalk downs in the first century BC and there are many theories of why the horse existed but believed to have some sacred function.
After walking up the hill and around the remains of the Iron Age earthworks of Uffington Castle we got splendid views of the surrounding countryside. Looking down into the natural valley below the horse stands Dragon Hill a small flat topped hillock. Legend has it that it was on this hill the St George killed and buried a dragon. No dragons but a few raptures were circling the sky on this perfect day.
An unusual and interesting place to visit.