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Things to do in Alton Barnes, Wiltshire

Alton Barnes has become something of a centre for crop circle spotting, enthusiasts now converging in local pubs like the Barge Inn to discuss the latest pictograms.

About a mile north of the village is the Alton Barnes White Horse. Dating from 1812 the horse was commissioned by a local farmer, Robert Pile. The horse is one of several such features around Wiltshire. At various times throughout the year - the winter solstice for example - the horse is lit up with candles.

The sweeping Vale of Pewsey is close to Alton Barnes as is Silbury Hill- the largest man made hill in Europe. The Avebury Stone circle, West Kennet long barrow and Swallowhead springs are also to be found nearby.

This area of Wiltshire has a mystical charm and is generally less commercialised than some similar, but the more mainstream areas.

Description by Lynette Thomas

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Mural at the Barge Inn - Alton Barnes © Lynette Thomas
Barge Inn Mural, Alton Barnes  © Lynette Thomas

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