White Horse Relay

Hackpen White Horse

Stage 2 - The Barbury Inn at Broad Hinton to near the A4 at Manton (near Marlborough)

7.3 miles

The route is along the White Horse Trail which includes part of the Ridgeway

Route - (Select Satellite view) and here is a Word File for easy printing (thanks to Carl Zalek)

Car Parking. For those starting this leg please drop off your runner or park either on the side of the road along Post Office Lane or on the grass opposite The Barbury Inn. The proprietor has agreed that we can use his car park for those finishing the previous stage or, of course, if you are a customer.

Starting from the Barbury Inn keep

straight along this track at the side

of the fields until you reach a gate.

Continue up the hill, now grass.

Beware the Horse jump

(really to stop vehicles)

There was still snow here

at the end of January


You are aiming

towards those

trees on the horizon.

On the back of this gate

you can see these signs.

Here you join another track



Keep straight on here



Go through this gate

and continue straight up the hill


you can see

this gate


Keep straight on.

If you were to turn round this is
the view you would see.

Up we go


another gate

where you meet the Ridgeway.

Turn right and follow the track

Continue past the small wood

(Yes, the sun went down!)

until you reach

a car park.

This is Hackpen Hill and the White Horse can be seen behind another clump of trees on the right on the other side of the road.

Hackpen Hill White Horse, OS reference: SU 128 749

Cross this road with care, there should be 4 marshals here.

Continue on the Ridgeway on the opposite side of the Hackpen Hill road from the car park.

Here the track

is good and

predominantly downhill.

However running down the

Ridgeway is so enjoyable that

the marker (after 1.2 miles) for the

White Horse Trail is easily missed.

There may not be a marshal here.

The White Horse Trail bears left and

the Ridgeway bears right.

Follow the White Horse Trail

which is poorly marked


the waymark's fairly small and few.

(Snow in February!)

Follow this track

as it bears right

and soon crosses

a road.

Continue along the grassy trail


You will soon enter

a wood.


The trail ...

... through the wood ...

... is difficult to follow.

Notice these stones.

The trees begin to open up

and you should soon see this gate.

Here you can just see the WHT sign

On your right this pond was frozen in February

... and this track was muddy!

You soon come out

of this wood

and follow the track through

this meadow.

Continue straight

between these trees

until you come to another gate.


Turn left

for fifty yards

This was lying on the ground when I passed.

and then turn right.

Follow this road next to the riding




and past this entrance.

Bear right at the next junction


keep following

the road

until you reach

a car parking lot.

Cross this (diagonally) on to a road

on the left and then bear right on to

the tarmac road.





Pass the Barton and Fyfield Yards

and the road...

... begins to twist and go downhill.

You are now approaching

the village of Manton.

Turn left


view if you turnround
(View if you turn round)

and run uphill




Finish here.

If you now continue down this path you will reach the Bath Road (A4).

Parking at the end of the leg is in the car park of Marlborough College's Water Meadow car park (near the Memorial Hall). Do not use the Parade ground. A marshal will be there to help you park your car neatly. Cross the A4 (there are pedestrian lights). Alternatively it is a 2 km walk to the Figgins Lane public car park.

The Marlborough White Horse (SU 14 749) is situated behind Marlborough College.

The Marlborough White Horse

can be seen from the A4 road.

Run another virtual stage

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