Broad Town

A circular walk to the Broad Town white horse with maps and app

Broad Town White HorseThe Broad Town White Horse is recalled as being cut around 1864, but its design suggests greater antiquity. It could be younger still for church bells were rung across the country and salutes fired in 1865, so the explanation is perhaps that an older styled Georgian figure was carved in celebration of Queen Victoria giving birth to Prince George.

The Wiltshire White Horses website  offers some further accounts as to why this horse may have been kept scoured over the years

This really is the secret white horse, difficult to find and even harder to see. In June 2013 the journey was as if through the enchanted forest to the Sleeping Beauty.  Art critic and architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner stayed near here and is buried at Clyffe Pypard.

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A 5 mile circular walk from the Crown Inn at Broad Hinton. From the pub it is a level walk across farmland to the edge of the chalk escarpment, the route arrives at the remains of Bincknoll castle earthwork, here you can enjoy commanding views to the west. Follow the old track down from the hillfort, beneath your feet an abandoned settlement.  Walking along under the hill it is then a worthwhile challenge to find a viewing point for the Broad Town White Horse. Back up an old track in a sunken gulley past the cottage reputed to have been Pevsner's refuge. Glimpses of the Hackpen White Horse on the return journey.

A detailed OS mapped downloadable Viewranger map is available here. Broad Town White Horse walkers map

Download the app and listen to the soundscape as you visit Broadtown White Horse.

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