Neolithic stone circle 100 feet across, set in a wooded clearing. Across the road is a larger solitary King Stone, while a short distance away is a group of large stones leaning together (the Whispering Knights). The legend goes that the king left his troops (the stone circle) to have a look at the valley, and while he was so occupied a group of his knights gathered together to plot treason. Another tale tells that the king encountered a witch, who promised him "If Long Compton you can see, then king of England you shall be". Since Long Compton is so close, the king thought the task an easy one, but the hillside obstructed his view, whereupon the witch turned him and his men into stones. Long Compton,
near Chipping Norton,
Perhaps the most famous hill figure in Britain, the White Horse is carved into the hillside below Uffington Castle hill fort. The carving has stripped away the topsoil to reveal white chalk, making the figure visible for miles. We do not know who built the White Horse, or if it is even meant to be a horse, but that just adds to the mystique of the site. The White Horse is in an area rich in prehistoric remains; a short walk away is the chambered tomb of Wayland's Smithy. Uffington,
Wayland's Smithy was originally a megalithic mortuary house, and was later transformed into a chambered tomb fronted by an elaborate entrance. The barrow is only a few yards off the ancient Ridgeway track, and a mile from the Uffington hill fort and the famous White Horse.