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The West­bury Horse,

the old­est of the eight, was cut in a ‘nat­u­ral­is­tic’ style in 1778, cov­er­ing a smaller, right-fac­ing, stylised and likely Bronze Age horse. Sited be­low the Iron Age Brat­ton Camp, the horse was con­creted over in the 1950s to make it eas­ier to main­tain. Best seen from the B3098 in the Pewsey Val­ley.

The De­vizes Horse

is a mere foal, as it was cut in 1999 to cel­e­brate the Mil­len­nium. The only ex­tant Wiltshire horse to face right, its de­sign is taken from a left­fac­ing horse cut into a nearby hill­side in the 1840s by lo­cal shoe­mak­ers. Best seen from Folly Road run­ning north from De­vizes to Round­way.

The Broad Town Horse,

when newly scoured white, can be seen from over ten miles away. The most re­li­able ac­count claims it was cut by landowner Wil­liam Sim­monds in 1864, though it was nearly lost af­ter be­ing cov­ered over dur­ing the Se­cond World War. The lanes around Broad Town give the clear­est view.

The Hackpen Horse

(also called the Broad Hin­ton Horse) is on a slope be­low the Ridge­way and can be seen from the road from Broad Town, and from along the Ave­bury to Swin­don road, but loses its pro­por­tions the closer you get. Likely cut in 1838 to cel­e­brate Queen Vic­to­ria’s corona­tion.

The Cher­hill Horse

is well-sited on a steep slope of Cher­hill Down, near an Iron Age fort. Though reg­u­larly scoured and well kept, its eye, once made of bot­tles to catch the sun, has been re­placed by stones. It’s best seen from the layby on the A4 half­way be­tween Ave­bury and Calne.

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