Pewsey White Horse

A 8.5 mile circular walk from the Bouverie Hall car park in the centre of Pewsey.  The route begins with a level walk along the Kennet and Avon canal eastwards, continuing level across the valley on a country road through the beautiful village of Milton Lilbourne to the foot of the downs. A short stiff climb onto the chalk escarpment rewards with spectacular views across the Pewsey vale and west as the downs open to a setting sun if you time it right.  The route arrives above the white horse where a well placed bench enables walkers to soak up the view. The sound park is centred on the horse. Returning on ancient drovers tracks to Pewsey.

 
 

The ‘new’ white horse at Pewsey has a few years to go before its centenary but has at least lasted longer than its predecessor. The Pewsey White Horse was created in 1937, designed by George Marples and cut by volunteer Pewsey firemen to mark the coronation of George VI. 


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The old white horse blended back into the green turf years ago. The story goes that the farmer on whose land the old one was cut did not like the festivities that accompanied the scouring which kept the chalk from growing over. This long vanished eighteenth century predecessor is supposedly located alongside the ‘new’ one.  Its history and perhaps location is possibly muddled with the Pewsey Vale horse figure at Alton Barnes, or perhaps the now, all but faded, figure at Tan Hill.

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

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