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. Learn more about the horse’s history here.
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, it’s possible to see two other white horses at Cherhill and Hackpen Hill, on the Ridgeway above Broad Hinton.
How To Get There
A short seven-mile drive taking around 20 minutes will take you up to the top of Westbury White Horse. There is plenty of parking and you’ll often find an ice-cream van there 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 can be accessible via public transport, but you should be aware that this can involve a walk up a relatively steep incline. You can get the train from Trowbridge to Westbury, yet this would entail a walk straight through the town of Westbury. Our best advice is to get a bus from Trowbridge to Bratton (alight at The Duke public house) and follow this walking route – there’s a bit of a climb through the woods above St. James’ Church, but believe us, the views will be well worth the effort! To return to Trowbridge, follow the main road down to Westbury, from where you can catch a bus or train.