Westbury horse is the largest in the county and on a clear day is visible for many miles in all directions. It sits on the B3098 back road from Westbury to Lavington, above the village of Bratton. I regularly use this road and always stop for a few minutes to admire the views.
The horse measures a whopping 55 meters in length x 33 meters tall and was cut in 1778 by a Mr George Gee on the site of an older, much smaller carving. The horse sits just below an Iron Age hill fort and beneath is it the Vale of Pewsey at its eastern extremities. It is carved onto a 45 degree incline which, although making the figure highly visible, also made maintenance difficult due to rainwater and soil erosion on such a slope.
Indeed as early as 1873, less than a century after its carving, major work had to be undertaken to halt the erosion with the installation of drainage channels at its "hooves" to soak away the rainwater whilst the entire outline was edged with stone to prevent the chalk from leaching away.
Even this could not halt the ever threat of erosion and finally, the entire figure was paved over with concrete from the adjacent works and painted white.
The horse is best viewed from the parking area on the B3098 west of Westbury. The climb to the summit is a hard haul but the views to be had rank amonst the very best in southern England
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