Woolstone seen from below the White Horse. Photo: Duncan Baber

Rights of Way - RUPP3

The DM&S describes RUPP 3 as:

"from Compton Beauchamp Parish boundary, East of Hardwell Barn, East-North-East to Uffington Parish boundary, South of Uffington Castle"

The DM&S also notes:

"inclosure award included a width of 40ft"

General Condition Very good solid track
Length 0.5 miles
Navigation Problems None
Stiles, gates or other obstacles None

The section of the Ridgeway that sits within the parish is designed as RUPP 3.

Although the path stretches from the parish boundary with Compton Beauchamp to the west and the parish boundary with Uffington to the east, these points are not obvious on the ground. Hardwell Barn has long since disappeared and current edition OS 1:25000 and 1:50000 maps do not show it (although the barn is shown on older maps, for example the OS 1:50000 Popular Edition 1919 map). Nonetheless the route is obvious and well used.

For practical purposes the western end of the path is roughly halfway between the Ridgeway crossings at Knighton Hill and the Woolstone to Lambourn Road. At this point there is a field boundary that stretches northwards from the path. There is also the start of what the sign describes as an alternative footpath for walkers only. From this point the route heads gently uphill, to reach the point where it is crossed by the Woolstone to Lambourn Road. After this point, the gradient increases as the path approaches Whitehorse Hill. The path ends at the westernmost extent of Uffington Castle just beyond a gated farm track on the north side of the path. From this point the Ridgeway continues eastwards where it enters the parish of Uffington.