Hackpen White Horse circular walk , map and apps
A 7 mile circular route from the carpark at Barbury Castle. Take the route clockwise from the earthworks for glimpses of the Ridgeway heading east and then walk through dramatic downland country before finally heading west. A gentle ascent to the ancient track at Hackpen Hill and the horse is revealed below the cross roads
The Hackpen White Horse faces west overlooking a road hairpin coming up the escarpment. Walking back along the Ridgeway, the full glory of the Barbury Castle earthworks showing in late afternoon sun if you are lucky!
The Hackpen White Horse near Broad Hinton was created to mark the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838. The creation of a left facing Hanoverian White Horse for this occasion generated a precedent for later Wiltshire chalk horses. The white horse had, however, been dropped from coins and the royal coat of arms in 1837. The Wiltshire White Horses site has more about the Hackpen White Horse.
This chalk white horse always seems to have real horses in the field around it and on a recent visit there was a foal, when you explore the sound park here, try to find Adele and Zoe’s sound piece about this experience. Here you could continue walking into a landscape steeped in prehistory. Walk along the old high way, The Ridgeway, or amongst the sarsen stones left by a retreating ice age. The stones for Stonehenge and Avebury may have come from a field of Sarsens just to the south east of here.
View Hackpen Loop in a larger map
A detailed OS mapped downloadable Viewranger map is available here: Hackpen loop
Check out the Creative Wiltshire Ridgeway Project for another app and photography old and new on the Ridgeway.
Download the app and listen to the soundscape as you visit Hackpen White Horse.