Dating in oxfordshire
The best views of the horse, which can be seen from 35 miles away, are obtained from the air or from the B4508 road to the north or from directly across the Vale, particularly around the villages of Great Coxwell, Longcot and Fernham.
Dragon Hill is a round natural chalk hillock about 10 metres high with an artificial flat top.
Today periodic scouring is done on chalk days, organised by the National Trust, where volunteers with hammers, buckets of chalk and kneepads kneel and smash the chalk to paste, whitening the paths cut in the grass inch by inch.
During the Second World War the horse easily recognised from the air was covered over by turf and hedge trimmings so that Luftwaffe pilots could not use it for navigation during bombing raids.
The area united by chalk is made up of remote rolling downland to charming market towns and picture postcard villages, topped by rampant white horses, dramatic scarp slopes, majestic ancient woodland and sheltered valleys with sparkling rivers and streams.
The Downs are also packed with wildlife, grassland grazers, rare butterflies, chalk-loving flowers, history, romance and bustling business.
Uffington Castle, an Iron Age hill fort, overlying a Bronze Age predecessor, is located above the White Horse on the summit of White Horse Hill.