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|Description ||Immediately below the Uffington White Horse is the mysterious Dragon Hill (SU 302866) What is it? The flat top looks man made and perfect for ritual. Is the hill an artificial mound or is it a natural hill that has been flattened by man? Anyone know. Legend tells that it was here that St George slew the dragon and its blood splashed over the hill causing the bare chalk patch where no grass will ever grow.|
|It is reckoned that Dragon Hill is a natural chalk hill which has been flattened by man.|
|It must be, because it looks unnatural to me. You would expect a rock to be flat, not al hill like this. By the way, a nice picture. It seems that there are some man made traces at the right...|
|If memory serves me correctly, the man made traces on the right are known as the Giants Steps, a series of large ridges set into the hillside. I've always liked the legend about St George and the dragon's blood, a bit far-fetched maybe but a nice story nonetheless.|
|The landscape is reminiscent of Ashridge/Ivinghoe Beacon area around the Chilterns. Carved out during end of Ice Age. An enormouse amount of prehistoric activity! Strip lynchetts, on the terrace, evidence of farming. A presumably modern lion is carved on a hillside near the beacon. I think this is part of the Icknield/Ridgeway tracks. They link to Overton Hill, Avebury|
|Indeedy, White Horse Hill is on the Ridgeway which is said to "start" at Ivinghoe Beacon and "end" near Avebury.|
|Yes, the whole way starts or ends in Norfolk, and may continue through Wiltshire, also on to Cornwall. These folks were busy people!|
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