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Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover | Wiltshire’s White Horses -

WALK HERE Day 1: 15 miles, three White Horses. From Broad Hin­ton, first lasso north on White Horse Trail to see the Broad Town Horse, re­turn­ing on lanes to Broad Hin­ton and then fol­low­ing White Horse Trail east up Hackpen Hill. Turn south on Ridge­way to Green Street and drop down to Ave­bury on Wes­sex Ridge­way, fol­low­ing it west to Cher­hill Hill, then down to Cher­hill vil­lage. Bus 42 links Cher­hill to Ave­bury; 49 runs from Ave­bury to Broad Hin­ton. Day 2: 8 miles, two White Horses Start in Honeystreet with views of Al­ton Barnes Horse, then fol­low White Horse Trail east along Ken­net & Avon tow­path, then south through Man­ning­ford Ab­bots and up onto the downs to the Pewsey Horse, then head north to Pewsey on Green Drove. Bus 100/101 links Pewsey and Honeystreet. Al­ter­na­tively, for a day-walk to the Pewsey Horse, see Walk 4 in this is­sue. MAPS

OS Ex­plorer 157, Marl­bor­ough and Sav­er­nake For­est. OS Ex­plorer 130, Sal­is­bury and Stone­henge (for the Pewsey Horse). GET­TING THERE

With a car you can tick off the West­bury, De­vizes and Marl­bor­ough horses, as well as get­ting to the walk­ing routes. Trains run to Swin­don, Pewsey and De­vizes; lo­cal buses link Swin­don, De­vizes, Ave­bury, Pewsey, Honeystreet, Calne and Broad Hin­ton ( www.swin­don­bus.info) WHERE TO STAY Coun­try Walk­ing stayed at

Daubeneys shep­herd’s hut (01225 745732, www.daubeneys.co.uk) a few miles west of the walks in the vil­lage of Col­erne, which was comfy and cosy with a wood stove, a sump­tu­ous ham­per break­fast and good pub food in the vil­lage. Sleeps two, from £70/pn.

The Lodge in Ave­bury (01672 539023, www.ave­bury­lodge.co.uk) is a veg­e­tar­ian B&B within the stone cir­cle with dou­bles from £195/pn. In Honeystreet

Well Cot­tage B&B (01672 851 655, www.well-cot­tage.org.uk) of­fers a lovely home-from-home feel. Al­ter­na­tively, try the Honeystreet

Lodge ( 01672 851125, www.hon­eystreet­lodge.co.uk) a self-cater­ing log cabin, from £80/pn for up to four peo­ple. WHERE TO EAT The Barge Inn in Honeystreet and the Red Lion ( www.old­englishinns.co.uk/ our-lo­ca­tions/the-red-lion-ave­bury) in Ave­bury’s stone cir­cle both do hearty lunch and evening pub meals. Ave­bury has a great vil­lage shop for pic­nic foods. i MORE IN­FOR­MA­TION

For vis­i­tor info see www. vis­itwilt­shire.co.uk or call De­vizes TIC 01380 800400. For more on the White Horses see www.wilt­shirewhite­horses. org.uk and www.white­horse­walk.co.uk/ walks/the-long-walk. The book­let White Horses of Wiltshire and Uff­in­g­ton, by Es­ther Smith, (2013, £3.50) is avail­able in lo­cal shops.

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