White Horse of Kilburn
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The most northerly hill figure in England
Taylor enlisted the local schoolmaster, John Hodgson, who created the plans for a new horse. There was one small hitch; the hills above Kilburn were not underlaid with chalk, but with a grey limestone.
Thus the figure suffered badly from weathering over the ensuing 50 years until a campaign was launched by the Yorkshire Evening Post and donations were gathered to maintain the horse.
Today, much of the maintenance is carried out by the Kilburn White Horse Association, a volunteer group that aims to keep the hill figure looking its best.
The Kilburn White Horse can best be seen from the Balk road just inside the Kilburn village boundary, where there is a pair of small benches situated to get a clear view north to the horse.
If you follow the minor road north from Kilburn towards Sutton Bank you will come to a parking area immediately beside the horse (there are two parking areas, and the second, most northerly, offers the best access and best views of the horse), and footpaths lead around the figure. One of the footpaths is the long distance Cleveland Way, which leads directly past the hill figure.
The horse was designed to be 314’ long and 228’ high, but it is now 318’ and 220’ high.
About White Horse of Kilburn
Address: Kilburn, Yorkshire, England
Attraction Type: Countryside
Location: Best views are from Kilburn village, but access to the horse itself is from a parking area on the Sutton Bank road
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Byland Abbey - 2.6 miles (Abbey)
Birdforth, St Mary's Church - 3.8 miles (Historic Church)
Rievaulx Abbey - 4.5 miles (Abbey)
Rievaulx Terrace and Temples - 4.7 miles (Garden)
World of James Herriot - 5.4 miles (Museum)
Duncombe Park - 5.7 miles (Garden)
Helmsley Castle - 6.3 miles (Castle)
Gilling Castle - 6.3 miles (Historic Building)
Nearest Accommodation to White Horse of Kilburn:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
National Park Centre
Tel: 01845 597 426
on the A170 east of Thirsk