Westbury White Horse – 16.4.17

April 17, 2017 at 10:14 am

Westbury White Horse – A 5.9 mile walk starting and ending at the White Horse car park.

The walk started from the Westbury White Horse car park and went past the old chalk quarry and skirted Imber Range – no firing today! The mostly level walk from high ground gave wonderful long distance views. Paragliders and kite flyers were taking advantage of the wind. Animal highlights included a Peregrine Falcon, skylarks, very woolly brown sheep and shaggy ponies – and, of course, the White Horse. An avenue of Beech trees provided the ideal setting for coffee and Easter Eggs!

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map

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undulating fields

undulating fields

An avenue of beech trees

An avenue of beech trees

A marriage proposal carved in a tree

A marriage proposal carved in a tree

On the other side is carved ‘Sara – wil you marry me?’

woolly brown and white sheep

woolly brown and white sheep

A paraglider floating over the white horse

A paraglider floating over the white horse

Views for miles

Views for miles

The Westbury White Horse

The Westbury White Horse

The Westbury or Bratton White Horse is a hill figure on the escarpment of Salisbury Plain, approximately 1.5 mi (2.4 km) east of Westbury in Wiltshire, England. Located on the edge of Bratton Downs and lying just below an Iron Age hill fort, it is the oldest of several white horses carved in Wiltshire.

Very shaggy ponies

Very shaggy ponies

Bratton Camp

Bratton Camp

Bratton Castle (also known as Bratton Camp) is a bivallate Iron Age hill fort on Bratton Down, at the western edge of the Salisbury Plain escarpment. The hill fort comprises two circuits of ditch and bank which together enclose a pentagonal area of 9.3 hectares (23 acres).