White Horse Challenge : Hackpen


Earlier this month Joe and I Joe and I completed the fifth of the Kileva White Horse Challenges at Hackpen.  It’s located  on the edge of the Marlborough Downs, two miles south east of Broad Hinton village on Hackpen Hill.


The origin of the white horse is uncertain. It may have been cut in 1838 by a Henry Eatwell, Broad Hinton parish clerk, perhaps with the assistance of the landlord of a local pub, to commemorate the coronation of Queen Victoria.

Out of Bounds?

Although the horse is right next to the Wootton Bassett to Marlborough road, we initially couldn’t find a way through the barbed wire fence as we walked along the road.  In fact when we got to the top of the hill we began to think the horse was out of bounds, and that we may have to abandon the attempt as Joe explains in the following video:

A way in!

We were about to give up when we finally found a stile at the foot of the hill:

6 - inside the area

New friends

Once over the stile we met a number of bullocks and I decided to feed one of them:

However another looked suspiciously on, particularly at Joe!

At the top

And so after a bit of a false start we managed to complete the fifth of the white horses.  Only three more to go now!

I’d once again like to thank everyone for sponsoring us , and if anyone else would like to do the same please click on the image below and follow the instructions on our JustGiving page.




Posted on 17/06/2014, in Supporting Groups & Fundraising and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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