Wessex White Horse Walks

There are 9 Wessex White Horse Walks and they  are detailed on the website below:

http://whitehorsewalk.co.uk/

With more information on the history of the horses see this website:

http://www.wiltshirewhitehorses.org.uk/index.html

  1. Uffington (110m head to tail) – Walked Saturday 25 February; 7 miles; 3 hours.

It is located high on the Lambourn Downs and was probably carved around 1000BC in the Late Bronze Age making it the oldest surviving hill figure in Britain

the-uffington-white-horse

On the right, a painting by Anna Dillon.

http://www.annadillon.com

2.   Marlborough (19m long and 15m high) – walked on Friday 28 April 2017; 4 miles and around  2 hours.

A smaller horse lying just below the village of Preshute and was designed by a pupil at a local school in 1804, well before Marlborough College was built but the college now maintains it.

On the right, by Anna Dillon, a view of part of a horse – is it the Marlborough horse?

3.  Broad Town (24m long and 18m high) – walked Saturday 6 May; 5 miles and 2.5 hours

Thought to date from 1864 and cut by farmer William Simmonds who was the landowner then.  It suffered from neglect for many years until 1991 when the Broad Town White Horse Restoration Society was formed to maintain it. It is visible from 20 miles.

 

4.  Cherhill (39m long and 43m high) – walked Sunday 6 August; 6 miles and around 3 hours

The second largest and second oldest in the country: cut on 1780 and visible from 30 miles.  The horse was cut to directions called out from below ensuring it looks good from the ground. The eye of the horse used to be made of upturned bottles pressed into the ground to reflect the sunshine and make the eye glint from a long distance away. Unfortunately the glasses no longer remain and the eye is now made of stone and concrete.

     

On the right, another painting by Anna Dillon showing both the Cherhill horse (left in the painting) and the Landsdown monument.

Alton Barnes (49m long and 55m high)

To be found in the Pewsey Downs Nature Reserve; one of the highest points in Wiltshire. It was cut on 1812 and paid for by Robert Pile from Manor Farm – who ended up paying twice because the first contractor absconded with the money.

Another painting by Anna Dillon.

Devizes (45m long and 45 m high)

Was cut to celebrate the new millennium with a time capsule buried under the head.  There was an earlier horse below the fort nearby Oliver’s Castle but by the end of the century had grown over.

Hackpen (27m long and 27m high)

Lies below the Ridgeway on the edge of the Marlborough Downs.  The horse is known as the Hackpen, Broad Hinton or Winterbourne Bassett horse and was cut in 1838 probably to celebrate Queen Victoria’s coronation.

Another painting by Anna Dillon entitled The Hackpen Horse View.

Pewsey (29m long and 10m high)

Overlooks the Vale of Pewsey and was cut in 1937 to replace (but not cover) an earlier version which had become overgrown.  It commemorated George VI’s coronation.

Left, the Vale of Pewsey by Anna Dillon.

 

 

 

 

 

Westbury (55m long and 33m high)

Sites on a very steep slope with magnificent views over the Vale of Pewsey.  Unlike others, the present horse covers an earlier example and dates from 1778.

  

I couldn’t see that Anna Dillon has painted the Westbury horse but Eric Ravilious has!