Devizes

Devizes White Horse loop walk, map and app

Devizes White HorseCircular route just over 7 miles from the market place in Devizes. From the Kennet and Avon Canal wharf and over the narrrow bridge the route follows Quakers Walk.

The entrance arch at the start and the tree lined path are remnants of The Roundway House Estate, now long since demolished, built on and ploughed over.

Following the path at last into open land the chalk escarpment rises before you with early glimpses of the horse. A steady climb taking the western upward route into woodland with stunning flashes of views across Devizes and to the downs beyond.  The route loops around  Olivers Camp, an earthwork commanding the roads into Devizes,  the scene of a bloody Civil War battle. Follow the track back past the white horse. Views from the white horse up the valley towards Pewsey. The sound park is situated here.


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The new white horse, cut for the millennium celebrations, greets the older white horses up the valley. On the top of the hill an ancient barrow marks the remains of a bronze age archer. Another white horse, Devizes Snobs Horse, cut in the 1840s by local shoemakers (known as snobs), was once visible below the hill fort at Oliver’s Camp. When Queen Victoria gave birth to Prince Alfred in 1844, Devizes shoemakers instigated a monarchical white horse at Devizes as a marketing ploy, in the hope of getting a royal licence perhaps .  An even newer white horse has been cut at a primary school in town.

 

Be sure to visit the Wiltshire Museum in Long Street before or after your walk.

A detailed OS mapped downloadable Viewranger map is available here: Devizes loop

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

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