Cherhill White Horse
This circular walk takes you to Cherhill Down and the Lansdowne Monument in Wiltshire. The Cherhill White Horse dates from the 18th century and is the third oldest white horse in the country. The downs are a lovely place for a walk with splendid views across rolling valleys and hills. On a clear day you can see the Tetbury water tower.
The walk starts in the pretty village of Cherhill with its thatched cottages, village hall and pub. The route then makes use of the White Horse Trail to climb the downs where you will pass the 120ft high Lansdowne Monument. The impressive structure was erected in 1845 by the 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne to commemorate his ancestor Sir William Petty. You will also pass Oldbury Castle, a hill fort which dates from the bronze age. The walk then descends the hill to the A4 where you pick up a roadside path to lead you back to Cherhill village.
If you would like to extend your walk then you could continue along the White Horse Trail to the nearby Avebury Stones and Silbury Hill.
A few miles to the south east you can visit the Devizes White Horse at Roundway Hill. The hill is also the site of a 1643 Civil War battle and Oliver's Castle Iron Age Hillfort.
PostcodeSN11 8UT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Cherhill White Horse Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Cherhill White Horse Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Cherhill White Horse OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Cherhill White Horse Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in the village head to the Black Horse for some post walk refreshment. The pub has an interesting history dating back to the 18th century when it was a coaching inn. It is notable for being the hideout for the infamous Cherhill Gang, a group of highwaymen that would rob passers by naked to avoid being caught. They have a charming interior with interesting artwork on the walls. There's also a good menu and an outdoor area as well. You can find them at a postcode of SN11 8UT for your sat navs.
The hill makes for a nice bracing walk for fit dogs. The Black Horse pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The hill is located a short distance east from the town of Calne. Here you can try the circular Calne Walk which takes you to Bowood House. The 18th century Georgian country House is surrounded by beautiful grounds with public footpaths running through the western side of the park.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North Wessex Downs Walks and the Wiltshire Walks pages.