Wiltshire’s White Horse Trail
The Alton Barnes Horse
was cut in 1812. Designed from a vantage point on the canal bridge at Honeystreet – still the best place to view it from – the artist disappeared with the money for the works, meaning the landowner, Robert Pile, had to pay a second time for the digging.
The Pewsey Horse
was cut in 1937 by members of the local Fire Brigade to celebrate the coronation of King George VI. It was dug over an earlier equine figure dating from 1785 which had already disappeared due to neglect. Best seen from the straight grass track that runs from Pewsey.
The Marlborough Horse,
the smallest of the eight, was an early example of chalk horse fever. It was cut by pupils of Mr Greasley’s School in 1804. Almost lost, it was rescued by a former pupil in 1873 who re-drew the legs in walking pose. Best seen from the right of way through the nearby sports ground.