A true icon of Wiltshire, this chalk carving can be found on a north-west facing slope of Bratton Camp. One of no fewer than thirteen to be found in the county, this can be seen from the Trowbridge area, and is about 20 minutes’ drive away from the town, at the very edge of Salisbury Plain.
There’s a lot of history around Bratton Camp itself. An Iron Age hill fort, with a distinctive long barrow (ancient burial mound), a large stone memorial commemorates the Battle of Ethandune (now the nearby village of Edington), at which King Alfred defeated an invading Viking army in AD878. This is also on the perimeter of firing ranges regularly used by the Ministry of Defence, so please keep a look out for the red warning flags.
It’s a great part of Wiltshire for walking and wandering, affording wonderful views toward villages such as Steeple Ashton, with its magnificent Norman church, and the more northerly parts of the county, and also toward Bath and East Somerset. On a clear day from the slopes over the village of Bratton itself, you can see two other white horses at Devizes and Hackpen Hill, on the Ridgeway above Broad Hinton.
A short 7 mile drive and less than 20 mins will take you up to the top of the Westbury White Horse. There is plenty of parking and often an ice cream van on sunny days.
A 6.6 mile Bike ride will take you less than an hour. It’s mostly a flat route but please be aware that there are no designated cycle paths. The end of the journey will take you up a hill, it’s a relatively steep incline so make sure you have lots of water and plenty of rest stops to admire the views.
By Public Transport
Westbury White Horse is accessible via Public Transport but you should be aware that there will be a leisurely walk up a relatively steep incline. Going via bus will take you just over an hour. You can also get the train from Trowbridge to Westbury. The train station is a distance from the White Horse though so we would advise a bus and then walk.