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This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cherhill Down, to the south of the A4 between Calne and Avebury is an area of great interest, with the white horse on its northern face, a group of barrows to the south, the Lansdowne Monument on top and Oldbury Castle just behind.

The 'castle' which is an irregularly shaped, well defended iron age hill fort encloses an area of about 25 acres (14.9 hectares) having an in-turned entrance to the south-east. It is defended by sections of single and double rampart and ditch. During the 19th century excavations uncovered iron age pottery, and the site was subject to flint digging.

Ramparts of Oldbury Castle

Part of the eastern side of the impressive fortifications of the iron age Oldbury Hill Fort on Cherhill Hill

  © Copyright Chris Heaton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

On the White Horse Trail to Oldbury Castle

A view here along the White Horse trail running up to the old hillfort of Oldbury Castle.

  © Copyright Doug Lee and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence


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