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Wantage is in Oxfordshire.
The Vale of White Horse district contains a number of small village and places of interest including the small market town of Faringdon. The town is particularly proud of one ex-resident, King Alfred the Great (849-899) who was born in the town (although it was the village of Wanating at that time). Alfred probably had little memory of the town as he was sent to Rome at the age of 4.
The nearest station to the town is in Didcot.
Local area bus map published by Oxfordshire Council.
- Stagecoach services 31 & 34 Wantage to Oxford via Abingdon.
- Thames Travel service 32 runs Grove-Wantage-Didcot-Abingdon. Service 36 & X36 run Wantage-Grove-Didcot-Wallingford.
- Other operators running more limited services
The town is small enough to get around on foot.
1 Whitehorse Hill, Uffington. The site of an Iron Age hill fort and Uffington White Horse. The site sits on the ridgeway long distance footpath, which follows the line of a chalk ridge which separates the berkshire downs to the south and the vale of the white horse to the north. The horse has been cut into the chalk downs can be seen from miles around. It has been "cleaned" by local communities about every 20 years continuously since it was first made about 2000 to 3000 years ago. The hill fort consists of a large circular bank and ditch about 1 km to 1 mile in circumference, with grass all over and inside. There are great views from the site, which is fantastic for pic-nics on a sunny day. Also nearby is the Dragon's hill which appears to be man made and could somehow be associated to the site.Access is feasible most easily by car - with two car parks. (one of which is nearer the horse and recommended only for visitors requiring easier access) The lower car park includes some signage explaining the Whitehorse, and ridgeway. There are picnic tables near by. One could also easily take in the White Horse and Hill Fort, on a walk along the ridgeway.
3 Faringdon Folly Tower & Woodland, Stanford Rd, Faringdon SN7 7AQ (10 miles from Wantage), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Folly: 1st & 3rd Su Apr-Oct 11:00-17:00; Woodland always open.. Last major folly to be built in England. No dogs in tower (tether at entrance were they can be left) Adults £3, 11-16 years £1, under 11s free.
1 Post Office, 18 Wallingford St, Wantage OX12 8AX. M-F 09:00-17:30. Sa 09:00-12:30.