GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

White Horse Trail

90 miles (145 km)

This is a circular long distance, waymarked trail running through Wiltshire. It starts at the Westbury White Horse and runs through Pewsey, Marlborough, Broad Town, Cherhill, Devizes, Steeple Ashton and Bratton. The walk runs through some beautiful Wiltshire countryside and also visits fascinating historical sites such as the Avebury Stones and Silbury Hill. Other highlights include the Lansdowne Monument at the Cherhill White Horse near the watershed of the River Avon and the River Thames. Near here you'll also pass Hackpen Hill and it's associated white horse. Also known as theBroad Hinton White Horse it was created in 1838 to commemorate thecoronation of Queen Victoria.
There's also a long waterside section along the Kennet and Avon Canal through Devizes and wonderful views across the Vale of Pewsey around Pewsey.

White Horse Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

White Horse Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Hourglass is in a lovely location right next to the canal in Devizes and makes a great stopping point on the route. From the terrace garden there are lovely views over the water to the surrounding countryside. It's a great place to relax and watch the boats go by on warm summer days. They have an excellent menu and can be found at Horton Avenue with a postcode of SN10 2RH.
Also on the canal in Pewsey is The Waterfront Bar And Bistro at Pewsey Wharf. On finer days you can sit outside in the lovely garden area and enjoy views of the canal with your meal. You can find them at postcode SN9 5NU for your sat navs.
In the village of Cherhill, near the Cherhill White Horse, you will find the Black Horse. 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 village itself is also worth exploring with a number of picturesque thatched cottages and an old church to see.
The little village of Broad Hinton is located just off the trail near the Hackpen White Horse. Here you can visit The Crown pub. They do excellent food and also have a lovely large garden area with fabulous views. Inside is very attractive too with a cosy fire for the winter. You can find them at a postcode of SN4 9PA.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Wiltshire Walks page.

Photos

Westbury White Horse - geograph.org.uk - 1638593

View of the Westbury White Horse at the start of the walk. Construction lines of the concrete surface now visible; an illusion shattered! The earthwork ditch around the top is part of Bratton Camp, an Iron Age fort and National Monument.

West Lavington from White Horse Trail - geograph.org.uk - 1316345

West Lavington from White Horse Trail

The White Horse, Cherhill (geograph 4921214)

The White Horse, Cherhill

White Horse Trail, west of Beckhampton - geograph.org.uk - 1057037

West of Beckhampton. The byway, for such it is, also forms the boundary between parliamentary consituencies, Devizes, to the right, and North Wiltshire.

White Horse Trail, near Broad Hinton, Wiltshire - geograph.org.uk - 958364

Near Broad Hinton. The long distance path doubles as a farm track along this stretch. In the far distance is west Swindon. The windmill at the right is at square SU1065983468, approximately.

A view from the White Horse Trail, Highway Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1173296

A view from the trail at Highway Hill. A crop is germinating in the field north of the trail. The small area of woodland isn't named on the maps.

Windmill Hill from the White Horse Trail, Winterbourne Monkton - geograph.org.uk - 1010976

Windmill Hill from the trail, near Winterbourne Monkton. The trail is a bridleway on this stretch and is one of three main routes to the hill.

On the White Horse Trail to Oldbury Castle - geograph.org.uk - 300073

On the White Horse Trail to Oldbury Castle. A view here along the trail as it runs up to the old hillfort of Oldbury Castle.