The village of Uffington lies on the edge of the Vale of
the White Horse, just north of the Berkshire Downs. Overlooking the
village is the famous White Horse, a marvellous chalk figure which was cut
into the hillside 3000 years ago.
The village has a fine church, known as The
Cathedral of the Vale, and an excellent museum.
Uffington has literary connections too. John
Betjeman, Poet Laureate, lived in the village and Thomas Hughes, author of
Tom Brown's School Days, was born at Uffington vicarage. Several of
Hughes' books are based on local people and places; the museum is
actually housed in the school featured in his most famous work.
The whole area is filled with historic interest and
information on the church and museum, the White Horse and all local historic sites
including the nearby Ridgeway Path, Uffington Castle, Dragon Hill, Wayland's Smithy
and Ashdown House can be found here.