Broad Town White Horse

The Broad Town White Horse is recalled as being cut around 1864, but its design suggests greater antiquity. It could be younger still for church bells were rung across the country and salutes fired in 1865, so the explanation is perhaps that an older styled Georgian figure was carved in celebration of Queen Victoria giving birth to Prince George.

This really is the secret white horse, difficult to find and even harder to see. In June 2013 the journey was as if through the enchanted forest to the Sleeping Beauty.

 

 

 

 


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A 5 mile circular walk from the Crown Inn at Broad Hinton. From the pub enjoy a level walk across farmland to the edge of the chalk escarpment, the route arrives at the remains of Bincknoll castle earthwork, here you can enjoy commanding views to the west. Follow the old track down from the hillfort, beneath your feet an abandoned settlement.  Walking along under the hill it is then a worthwhile challenge to find a viewing point for the Broadtown White Horse. Back up an old track in a sunken gulley. Glimpses of the Hackpen White Horse on the return journey.

A detailed OS mapped downloadable Viewranger map is available here. Broadtown White Horse walkers map

Below you can view some of the short films inspired by the Broadtown White Horse and the journey to it, created for the Freedom on My Doorstep installation. The images at the bottom of the page were taken at or near the Broadtown White Horse from the project Flickr feed. The Flickr group is still live you can view it directly here  Walking Wiltshires White Horses.     Visitors to Wiltshires White Horses are invited to contribute images to this group.

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