Westbury

Westbury White Horse circular walk, map and apps

Westbury White HorseThe ‘perfect’ white horse, on a steep west-facing escarpment overlooking Westbury. The current horse, cut over an older one is now concreted over and white washed. It sits below the ancient Bratton hill fort, one of a series of earthworks along the chalk downs.

Saxon armies may have once gathered here, the modern military is still much in evidence.

The horse was excavated and entirely concreted in 1957, having had its tail experimentally replaced following Queen Elizabeth II’s accession.

The concrete horse was repainted for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee visit in 2012, this horse and its earliest known chalk predecessors perhaps recalled rare royal visits. A large Hanoverian White Horse was fashioned here in 1778 from a smaller ‘modern’ chalk horse first reported in 1742.

Find out more about this white horse and others on the North Wessex Downs on the Wiltshire White Horses website.


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Our 8 mile circuit begins and ends at the carpark beside the Westbury White Horse and the earthworks of Bratton Camp. The sound park is located in the area bounded by the top of the escarpment and the furthest banks of Bratton Camp. The walk begins on tracks and level ground along the Imber range fences, passing the top of the road down into the 'ghost village' of Imber. Just before Christmas 1943 the village was cleared by the military, the promised return was never fulfilled.  

Arriving above Eddington to dramatic views and old tracks down, the route follows one such track to the road near Bratton. A short walk along the road takes you to the old parish church nestling peacefully in the woods, a gentle climb up the edge of a magnificent chalk bowl will bring you back to the Westbury White Horse.

A detailed OS mapped downloadable Viewranger map is available here:  Westbury White Horse loop

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

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