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Wayland’s Smithy is an ancient Neolithic chambered long barrow, named such because it was once believed to have been the resting place of the Saxon smith-god Wayland.

The barrow seen today actually covers an earlier burial structure, and human remains found on the site indicate that 14 people were interred there between 3590-3550 BCE.  The visible barrow was constructed atop the neolithic burial site between 3,460-3,400 BCE.

This is still an eerie site a small walk along the Uffington ridge-way and not far from the Bronze Age White Horse Hill.

I was once brave enough to enter into the barrow when I was about seven years old, but have felt it too spooky since. Many ghost stories were told to me about Wayland’s Smithy as a child and it’s inexplicable abandonment has always left me feeling a little uneasy.