Hackpen White Horse

A 7 mile circular route from the carpark at Barbury Castle.  Clockwise from the earthworks the route offers glimpses of the Ridgeway heading east and then enters dramatic downland country before finally heading west. West on a slow ascent to the ancient Ridgeway track at Hackpen. The Hackpen White Horse faces west overlooking a road hairpin coming up the escarpment. Return to Barbury Castle along the Ridgeway, the full glory of this iron age earthwork showing in late afternoon sun if you are lucky!

 

The Hackpen White Horse near Broad Hinton was created to mark the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838. The creation of a left facing Hanoverian White Horse for this occasion generated a precedent for later Wiltshire chalk horses. The white horse had, however, been dropped from coins and the royal coat of arms in 1837.


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This chalk white horse always seems to have real horses in the field around it and on a recent visit there was a foal, when you explore the sound park here, try to find Adele and Zoe’s sound piece about this experience. Here you could continue walking into a landscape steeped in prehistory. Walk along the old high way, The Ridgeway, or amongst the sarsen stones left by a retreating ice age. The stones for Stonehenge and Avebury may have come from a field of Sarsens just to the south east of here.

A detailed OS mapped downloadable Viewranger map is available here:  Hackpen loop

Below you can view some of the short films inspired by the Hackpen 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 Hackpen 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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