Wayland's Smithy, Uffington, Oxfordshire. Location map
 
  Main Entrance, Wayland's Smithy, Uffington, Oxfordshire, England   Wayland's Smithy, Oxfordshire.

The long barrow gets its name because traditionally, Wayland still inhabits the mound and was ready to shoe a horse. The horse had to be left at the mound alone for a short period, along with the payment of a silver coin. On returning the horse would have been shod and the payment would have disappeared. We didn't have a horse handy so were unable to test that story.

The section between the stone directly in front of the camera and the dark doorway beyond would originally have had a roof over it but this has collapsed a long time ago and has long since gone.

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  View of a burial chamber, Wayland's Smithy, Uffington, Oxfordshire, England   Wayland's Smithy, Oxfordshire.

The darked doorway at the end of the photograph above gives access to the remaining covered burial chambers; one each side of the door. This shows one of the burial chambers still retaining its roof. I had to squeeze into the opposite chamber to photograph this one and they are pretty small.

 

 

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  The entrance stones, Wayland's Smithy, Uffington, Oxfordshire, England   Wayland's Smithy, Oxfordshire.

These are the rather impressive stone slabs which form the entrance to the long barrow. Amanda is at the far end talking to one of the stones. smiley

This monument is well worth a visit. The views when walking along the Ridgeway from White Horse Hill are stunning.

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