Devizes White Horse
Circular route just over 7 miles from the market place in Devizes. From the Kennet and Avon Canal wharf and over the narrrow bridge the route follows Quakers Walk. The entrance arch at the start and the tree lined path are remnants of The Roundway House Estate, now long since demolished, built on and ploughed over. Following the path at last into open land the chalk escarpment rises before you with early glimpses of the horse. A steady climb taking the western upward route into woodland with stunning flashes of views across Devizes and to the downs beyond. The route loops around Olivers Camp, an Iron age earthwork commanding the roads into Devizes, the scene of a bloody Civil War battle. Follow the track back past the white horse. Views from the white horse up the valley towards Pewsey. The sound park is situated here.
View Devizes Loop in a larger map
The new white horse, cut for the millennium celebrations, greets the older white horses up the valley. On the top of the hill an ancient barrow marks the remains of a bronze age archer. Another white horse, Devizes Snobs Horse, cut in the 1840s by local shoemakers (known as snobs), was once visible below the hill fort at Oliver’s Camp. When Queen Victoria gave birth to Prince Alfred in 1844, Devizes shoemakers instigated a monarchical white horse at Devizes as a marketing ploy, in the hope of getting a royal licence perhaps . An even newer white horse has been cut at a primary school in town.
Be sure to visit the museum in Long Street before or after your walk.
A detailed OS mapped downloadable Viewranger map is available here: Devizes loop
Below you can view some of the short films inspired by the Devizes 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 Devizes 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.
- Play media
- Pause media
- Play next media
- Play previous media
- Destroy media
- Set volume (0.5)
- load media 'mix1'
- load media 'mix2'
- load media 'local_playlist1'
- load media 3
- load media 5
- load media 'mix1/local1'
- load media 'youtube_playlist5/youtube_video_query1'
- load media 'mix2/youtube_single1'
- load media 'vimeo_playlist2/vimeo_user1'
- load media 'vimeo_playlist5/vimeo_album3'
- Get description from media 0
- Get description from media 3
- Get description from media 'mix1/vimeo_single3'
- Get description from media 'mix1/youtube_single2'
- Get description from media 'mix1/local2'