Cherhill White Horse

Keith Steggall, National Trust Wiltshire Landscape Ranger Keith Steggall National Trust Wiltshire Landscape Ranger
White horse

The iconic Cherhill White Horse can be seen for miles around.

The Cherhill White Horse is the second oldest in Wiltshire being cut in 1780, possibly inspired by the horse at Westbury cut two years earlier.  There is a far older horse at Uffington Castle in Oxfordshire which is thought to date back to the Bronze Age some 3000 years ago.  The Cherhill horse was made under the guidance of Dr Christopher Alsop of Calne who gave instructions by megaphone from a distance.  At one time there were 13 white horses in Wiltshire now only 8 survive due to lack of management.  The Cherhill horse which is looked after by the local Parish Council underwent some serious restoration in 2002.  The outline needed to be re-cut and 160 tonnes of fresh chalk was packed on to the horse held in place by wooden boarding.  Now the horse is maintained by weeding and re-chalking every two years which is done by the Cherhill White Horse Restoration Group with the help of the local scout group.

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