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“The view, the view”

Hackpen Hill white horse
Reviewed 12 September 2014

This was my first visit to a white horse. The view is wonderful. The peace and quiet is super.

There is parking just up the road - on the very top of the hill. It was quiet on the day we visited so parking wasn't an issue, but it's not a huge car park. You may want to keep that in mind during peak times.

You can also gain access to the Ridgeway cycle/walking route here.

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank Lisano8
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

Long been my wife's and my favourite. Car park is on the Ridgeway and the white horse is not actually visible from the carpark. But clear if viewed on the way up, driving in the Marlborough direction from Broad Hinton.

That's not the reason we go, it is peaceful and the stunning view spans towards Avebury on the left to panning to Wroughton airfield and towards Barbury Castle on the right (another of the ubiquitous Iron Age hillforts).

It's a place of contemplation, take your Kindle and a hot drink (cold one on UK's summer day) and don't rush away. This place is special, but that obviously depends upon your state of mind when you're there. You can almost 'feel' the history of the ancient trackway. Enjoy.

Date of experience: August 2014
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

I come here when I want peace and tranquility. This is one of the few white horses that you can easily access by car with only a few yards to walk. The car park above the horse is on the ancient Ridgeway - possibly the oldest road in Europe - which runs from nearby Ogborne St George all the way to Hertfordshire. Once you've visited the White Horse hill figure, you could take a mile and a half walk along the Ridgeway to Barbury Castle Iron Age Hill Fort (signposted). If you do this walk and need the toilet, walk through the castle (no stones, just earthworks) and along the obvious path towards Barbury car park where there are toilets. At certain times of the year, this route is permitted to vehicles; but a 4x4 is advisable and the walkers/horse riders on the route will hate you. The walk in the opposite direction along the Ridgeway from Hackpen Hill White Horse, and about three times the distance, leads to Avebury Stone Circle. If you're feeling really lazy, take a flask and a sandwich, park your car facing north, and sit and watch the sun go down. I also go up this hill on moonless, starry nights, as it's about as close as North Wiltshire gets to a 'dark sky'. There's still light pollution from Swindon, but you can often see the Milky Way.

Date of experience: August 2013
2  Thank JanGeorge
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

Wiltshire plays host county to eight equine chalk hill figures and I regularly drive past them, or stop when time permits. The Hackpen Hill horse is viewable from the main Beckhampton to Swindon road and is one of the smaller members of the eight in the group. It's also my personal favourite.

It sits on a 30 degree incline which foreshortens the view somewhat from the main road but if you approach it more closely on the unclassified road that runs to the summit of Hackpen Hill, the figure does tend to be swallowed up by the contours.

The horse was carved out by one Henry Eatwell who was the parish clerk of Broad Hinton and Winterbourne Bassett, to commemorate the coronation of Queen Victoria. It maybe small but it is a very graceful carving with its long neck and legs which can only be truly appreciated from the air.

The horse was covered with turf during the Second World War to prevent enemy planes using it as a landmark; when uncovered in late 1945 it had survived its ordeal well. However, more recent efforts to "scour" the horse clean have been few and far between and on several occasions since 1945, the horse has all but disappeared from view.

It's precise grid reference is SU 128749 and if using public transport, the view from the top deck of the #49 Trans Wilts Express service is particularly rewarding. The view from the hill is spectacular, and on a fine May afternoon, it's easily possible to see the Cherhill Downs some 15 miles distant.

If you only have time to see one of these magnificent carvings, then make it the Hackpen Hill horse,

Date of experience: May 2013
3  Thank Graham B
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Date of experience: August 2015
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