Fancy taking a hammer and smashing a prehistoric monument — and doing so with permission?

The Uffington White Horse, an iron-age era hill figure formed from deep trenches cut into the Oxfordshire countryside and filled with white chalk needs re-chalking. You’ll be given a hammer and a bucket of chalk and asked to bash the chalk into the monument to give it a fresh clean look.

The rechalking takes place on the weekends of 7th/8th July and bank holiday weekend of 26th/27th August.

To book a half-hour spot call them on 01793 762209 during office hours.

It’s only half an hour, but just how often are you going to be allowed to go up to an ancient monument and hit it with a hammer?

Getting to the white horse for those of us without a car is however… problematic. The National Trust website suggests a number of bus routes from Swindon, none of which seem to exist.

The closest match I can find on Swindon Borough Council’s website is bus route 47 which goes from Swindon to Ashbury, from where it’s a modest walk to the White Horse, but be careful about timing as buses are not regular.

Alternatively, a hike or mountain bike ride along The Ridgeway looks pleasant.

If bashing stones at Uffington hasn’t exhausted you, then you might want to take a detour to nearby Ashdown House, but only on the Saturdays, and also nearby is the curious blowing stone.


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  1. Judith says:

    I’ve emailed the National Trust suggesting that they liaise with Swindon’s Buses Thamesdown Transport to see if a special service could be organised from Swindon. This would reduce the traffic flow up White Horse Hill and enable people from further away to join in.

  2. Bryan Jones says:

    Thank you very much for this Ian, have booked today to take my Cub Scout pack. It is going to be a great day out.

  3. Jane Burgess says:

    Took part in this event last year. A really enjoyable and unusualexperience, there is something very therapeutic about sitting on the ground hitting lumps of chalk with a hammer surrounded by lovely scenery. We were lucky with the weather and after our stint continued walking taking in a couple of the local pubs.

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