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The Kilburn White Horse, grid reference SE516813, is a hill figure cut into the hillside in the North York Moors National Park near Kilburn in North Yorkshire, England. The figure is 318 feet (97 m) long by 220 ft (67 m) high and covers about 1.6 acres (6,475.0 m2) and said to be the largest and most northerly hill figure in England.

Located on the southern flank of Sutton Bank, near Roulston Scar at the edge of the Hambleton table-land, it faces south-south-west and is visible from some distance, particularly from the East Coast Main Line railway south of Thirsk, and from the A19. On a clear day, the horse is visible from north Leeds, 28 miles (45 km) away on the higher ground to the west of the Vale of York.

Sutton Bank, geologically, is formed of sandstone and the horse was created by removing the topsoil and exposing the underlying rock and covering it with white limestone chips. It was created in November 1857, and some accounts state that it was done by school master John Hodgson and his pupils, together with local volunteers. A tablet erected at the car park below it reads, “The Kilburn ‘White Horse’ — This figure was cut in 1857 on the initiative of Thomas Taylor, a native of Kilburn. In 1925 a restoration fund was subscribed by the readers of the Yorkshire Evening Post and the residue of £100 was invested to provide for the triennial grooming of the figure.”

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white horse, kilburn white horse, north yorkshire moors, national park, north yorkshire, yorkshire, uk, sutton bank, roulston scar, vale of york, leeds, england

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  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsover 1 year ago

    Ahh. Not North London then. LOL. Well captured Colin.

  • Ah Gods Country !!

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 1 year ago

    Super capture Colin …

  • Thanks Tom !!

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 1 year ago

    If it is all the same, I prefer to have my White Horse in a bottle of Scotch!!!! An excellent capture!!! Bill

  • Many Thanks ;o)

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • TheaDaams
    TheaDaamsover 1 year ago

    Amazing! Wonderful capture!

  • Many Thanks ;o)

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 1 year ago

    Great capture Colin .. we have a white horse just outside Weymouth … ( Osmington ) ~ I wonder how many there are around Britain?

  • http://www.wiltshirewhitehorses.org.uk/ many Tanks!!

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 1 year ago

    Congratulations, this image has been featured in the Beautiful North of England Group for the week commencing 20th March 2013

  • Many Thanks ;o)

    – Colin J Williams Photography

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