Alton Barnes White Horse, Milk Hill

Alton Barnes White Horse, Milk Hill
Alton Barnes White Horse, Milk Hill
Alton Barnes
SN8 4LB

Created for Robert Pile, of Manor Farm, Alton Barnes. Possibly the same who created the first Pewsey Horse, or possibly his son. Robert Pile paid twenty pounds to a John Thorne, (Jack the Painter), in 1812 to design the white horse and get it made.

The Alton Barnes White Horse is located on Milk Hill, the highest point in the county of Wiltshire at 295m in height, with the adjacent Tan Hill at 294m – there is only 26cm difference.

Milk Hill is the second highest chalk hill in the UK and was the starting point for longest hang-glider flight ever in the UK on 10th May 2011 by Nev Almond.

Views are extensive from here, as far as the Mendips and Cotswolds and, on exceptionally clear days, as far as the Black Mountains in Wales.

There is a small parking area up the hill on the east side of the road.

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