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“A nice walk”

Westbury White Horse
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Salisbury Plain Experience Off-Road Tour
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Westbury
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 15 July 2013

A nice walk to an interesting place. Almost no information provided. It's 2-3 hours round trip from Westbury or Bratton, walking, or a short drive.

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Reviewed 2 June 2013

Westbury horse is the largest in the county and on a clear day is visible for many miles in all directions. It sits on the B3098 back road from Westbury to Lavington, above the village of Bratton. I regularly use this road and always stop for a few minutes to admire the views.

The horse measures a whopping 55 meters in length x 33 meters tall and was cut in 1778 by a Mr George Gee on the site of an older, much smaller carving. The horse sits just below an Iron Age hill fort and beneath is it the Vale of Pewsey at its eastern extremities. It is carved onto a 45 degree incline which, although making the figure highly visible, also made maintenance difficult due to rainwater and soil erosion on such a slope.

Indeed as early as 1873, less than a century after its carving, major work had to be undertaken to halt the erosion with the installation of drainage channels at its "hooves" to soak away the rainwater whilst the entire outline was edged with stone to prevent the chalk from leaching away.

Even this could not halt the ever threat of erosion and finally, the entire figure was paved over with concrete from the adjacent works and painted white.

The horse is best viewed from the parking area on the B3098 west of Westbury. The climb to the summit is a hard haul but the views to be had rank amonst the very best in southern England

2  Thank GBfromDevizes
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

Most of the times, the white horse is an artifact that the guide on your bus would tell and show you on your way to Bath (from London). Distant, vague and faded it looks impressive but not imposing enough.

The access to the white horse is a little confusing. Google maps does'nt list it, Tripadvisor did not have it and till the last 10 minutes you hardly see any road signs directing you towards it.

The easiest access is to head to Westbury town and take it from there. Follow the road signs and not your GPS and you will reach the very top of the White Horse Hill.

Bratton fort (an old iron age fort is a small distraction, but the real draw here is the actual white horse. We are told the original was at least a 1000 yrs old and faced the other way, but even this one is not a bad sight.

The meadows on the hil are an absolute treat for dogs so if you have any canine family members, please please take them along. The sheer delight on their faces when they see the meadows there is reward in itself.

All in all, a fantastic view, a little known landmark (of the 17 white horses in the UK, this is the second oldest), and a great time out for the entire family. Pack a picnic lunch and a nice day, your time would be well spent.

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