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The Westbury White Horse and Bratton Camp

The Westbury White Horse and Bratton Camp

In all the years we’ve been visiting family in Wiltshire I don’t think I’ve ever written about the Westbury White Horse and Bratton Camp. Both are managed by English Heritage and are free to visit. They are open all year round and are our go-to place when we need to burn off some energy.

The Westbury White Horse

The White Horse is visible from afar and is a famous local landmark. The kids spend most of our journey to Wiltshire looking for it and they always know we are nearly there when they can see it. Local records suggest the horse was originally cut in the late 1600s, probably to commemorate the supposed Battle of Ethandun, thought to have taken place at Bratton Camp in AD 878. The Westbury White Horse is on a really steep hillside with great views over the countryside.

Bratton Camp

The original Iron Age hillfort defences were built at Bratton Camp over 2000 years ago. The earthworks protected a settlement containing round houses, granaries, stores and workshops. The whole thing is accessible and makes a great place to explore with it’s steep ditches and embankments. It is normally full of sheep so you have to mind the poo!

climbing Bratton Camp

Their are information signs dotted around the area, as well as plenty of (free) parking and viewpoints. Both places are on the edge of Salisbury Plain, a really gorgeous part of Wiltshire.

There are loads of things to do here all year round. There’s a huge flat area at the top of the hill which is perfect for dog walking, kite flying, throwing a frisbee or racing model cars.

flying a kite at Westbury White Horse

We’ve walked to the White Horse and Bratton Camp lots of times. They are so entwined that you can’t really visit one without the other. If we want to tire out the children then we can explore the Camp before reaching the White Horse! You can usually find an ice cream van in the warmer months but it’s worth taking the drinks in the winter!

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    Gemma
    July 8, 2017 at 11:27 am

    This looks like such a fun place to explore and have family fun. If you fancy a road trip I recommend Caerleon roman amphitheatre in South Wales.

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    Nayna Kanabar
    July 8, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    What a lovely place and perfect for family holidays.

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    Ickle Pickle
    July 8, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    The white horse fascinates me, I have driven past it a few times. These both look like great places to visit. Kaz ūüôā

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    Rachel In Real Life
    July 8, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    I’ve driven past the White Horse a few times but never realised you could actually visit it!

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    ERFmama
    July 8, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Oh how beautiful a place! Amazing to walk among history. ūüôā To know that so long ago this stone was laid, to picture in one’s mind’s eye how it all looked when populated.

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    Sarah
    July 8, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    I’ve driven past the white horse many times, but I never knew it was a place you could actually visit! The camp sounds a lot of fun, definitely somewhere we would explore!

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    Stephanie Usher
    July 9, 2017 at 9:02 am

    This sounds lovely! It is easy to walk around? Or is it quite steep/hilly? xxx

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    Ordinary Hopes
    July 9, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Such a beautiful place. Looks like your children had a fabulous time.

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    carla
    July 9, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    I didn’t realise the area around the white horse was free to visit!

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    Leah Lander-Shafik
    July 9, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I have driven past the white horse before and always wondered about it. I might have to check out the area in the future. x

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    shelley
    July 9, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    looks like a fun day out and what a stunning place that is, perfect for kids!

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    Jen
    July 9, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    What a wonderful place to go to, and how exciting for your children. Great to be able to explore places of interest, particularly those with history and a story to tell.

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