This beautiful land of rolling hills, peaceful wooded river valleys and scenic villages really captures the essence of rural England. Much of the county is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is particularly suited to getting about on foot. Wiltshire is famous for white horses cut into the turf is the chalk hillsides and you can appreciate the main and mystery of all eight hill figures and the land which they occupy.

Following in the Steps of history. You can hike the 90 miles to see all the Wiltshire white horses over six or seven days or a. series of shorter walks exploring some of the most interesting and exciting landscapes in southern England.

You will pawn prehistoric sites such as Avebury and walk sections of the Ridgeway – said to be Europe’s oldest road. Visit the medieval towns of Devizes and the market town of Marlborough. Stroll sections of the Kennet and Avon Canal, and of course you will see Wiltshire’s eight white horses from the best possible vantage points,

Details of the route can be found HERE, including a ninth horse is neighbouring Oxfordshire.

When you hire a boat from Devizes and head East towards Hungerford you will see 3 of the horses from the canal. Firstly you pass The Devizes Horse (1) and then you will find the Alton Barnes Horse (2) near Honeystreet. The Pewsey Horse (7) can be seen from Pewsey Wharf an from here you can enjoy the 2-3 mile walk across the vale and up the hill.

The Devizes Horse Set on the slopes of Roundway Hill the Devizes White Horse is uniquely facing right towards the east and the Vale of Pewsey. Created to mark the turn of the 21st century it was designed by Peter Greed and cut into the chalk with the help of the community. It has become a major landmark for the town of Devizes.

The Alton Barnes Horse This horse was cut in 1812 at the expense of the landowner Mr Robert Pile of Manor Farm. His first contractor fled with an advance payment of £20 after drawing only a sketch of the horse, but he was subsequently found and hanged for a list of crimes. Facing westwards towards the Devizes Millennium White Horse, in 2010 – with the cooperation of Alton Barnes Parish Council and the landowner – 150 tons of fresh chalk, delivered by helicopter, was spread by volunteers to renovate the surface.

The Pewsey Horse The original horse  was cut in 1785 reputedly featuring a rider but was redesigned in 1937 by Mr George Marples and cut by Pewsey Fire Brigade to celebrate the Coronation of King George VI.

The Kennet and Avon canal does not pass close to the other horses, but they are well worth a visit by car/foot another time.