We were at the nearby Barbury Castle hill fort, so decided to take a detour and drive along part of the Ridgeway (yes it is allowed, please please take care of walkers and horses), to Hackpen Hill White Horse.
We hadn't told the kids what we were going to see, so it was really fun watching my son try and work out what it was he was standing on, with lots of weird and wonderfull guesses!
From the car park at the top of the hill on the Ridgeway, you can't see the horse - only a short walk away downhill, but the views to the north of Swindon are worth it alone. There was also a plane in the sky flying around to keep the kids entertained.
If you like to get away from it all, avoiding the crowds at the larger more well known touristy White Horses, then this is the one to see.
There is an information board, giving just enough history (well theories) on the white horses formation.
The setting is fantastic, with the prehistoric horse in its natural setting, as mother nature and the builders intended.
Therefore, no shops, no burger vans, no toilets etc etc - perfect environment.
The best view is from the Swindon side of the Swindon to Devises road, North side at the bottom of the Hackpen Hill.
Please take care if crossing the road from the car park to the path to the white horse, as drivers tend to drive past very fast, and the entry is blind - could really do with a 30 mph restriction or rumble strips on the road!
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