Wayland’s Smithy is about a mile’s walk along the Ridgeway from the Uffington White Horse and free to enter.

This Neolithic long barrow and chamber tomb site was built around 3700 BC, at Ashbury – which had been associated with a Germanic smith-god called Wayland since Saxon times.  According to legend, a traveller whose horse has lost a shoe can leave it with a silver coin at the smithy and return the next day to find it re-shod.

Human remains found on the site indicate that 14 people were interred in an earlier burial structure between 3590 and 3550 BC. Between 3460 and 3400 BC a second far larger barrow was constructed on top. It is the atmospheric ruins of this that can be explored by visitors to the site today.


Further Information

Visit the English Heritage website for more details.

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