Sunday, 18 November 2012

Westbury White Horse



Westbury White Horse

Cut into the side of Salisbury Plain, the white horse at Westbury may be one of the later ones in Britain - it's first mentioned in 18th Century records, and has a more naturalistic shape than prehistoric figures such as that at Uffington. It's pretty impressive, and hard to miss as you drive along.

Westbury White Horse

We parked up at the top of the hill and walked along to see the horse up close. It was a blustery day (perfect for the gliders and paragliders circling overhead), and the shape is cut into a very steep bank, so we stayed near the top. There were several anchors set in to the ground, alongside the path, where maintenance workers could rope up when they come to work on keeping the horse gleaming bright white. The natural chalk of the ground provided the original white colour, but I'm not sure if it's currently maintained solely by cutting down to more white chalk, or if they now paint it instead.

Westbury White Horse

Westbury White Horse

Gliders by the Westbury White Horse


5 comments:

A Cuban In London said...

Interesting. I'd never heard of the white horse before. Thanks for the informative post and the photos.

Greetings from London.

Rachel said...

It's very dramatic feature, isn't it!

christine said...

they always look so stunning, don't they? it would be a shame to resort to paint when nature has sufficed for centuries!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I remember it well! Thanks for sharing these great photos.

emilykimelman said...

I've never seen any of the white horses but your post reminded me of my girlhood intention of visiting all the sites. Thanks for sharing. Gorgeous photos.

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