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“Perfect prehistoric environment - One of the less visited Wiltshire White Horses - So less crowded.”

Hackpen Hill white horse
Reviewed 27 July 2015

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!

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank 923Dan
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Reviewed 10 March 2015

Walked from Barbary Castle to Hackpen hill car park and back today. Fabulous views on a glorious spring afternoon!! Only downside for us was the amount of litter on the path as you approach the car park, lots of dog mess both in bags and on the ground - not nice but the rest of it was a great afternoon. On the way back we noticed a sarsen stone in a field, there is a bridleway to it (only about 125 metres off of the Ridgeway) and we were amazed to find a tree trunk laid on the ground and carved out to act as a seat. Great place to sit and take in the fabulous views!

Date of experience: March 2015
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Reviewed 13 October 2014

Come rain or shine to be on The Ridge Way at Hack Pen Hill over looking Broad Hinton, is a delight. I would suggest warm clothing if the sun isn't shining.
The area has a sense of mysticism,and one could imagine ancient man resting there on the way to Avebury, maybe.The views are stunning. Take a picnic and relax, providing the field is clear of live stock that is.
There is a good parking area off the the road but take care when crossing as it is on a corner.

Date of experience: October 2014
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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
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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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