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Welcome to the hill figure homepage the only site with all the hillfigures of the UK.

These pages are devoted to hillfigures which are known by many names, chalk hillfigures, chalk figures, hillfigures, hill figure, hill figures or sometimes white horses or chalk horses as the majority are horses, they are more generically known as geoglyphs.

News 2023

Heath and Lisa Crawley sent me a photo of the Bratton Poppy Hillfigure which is a temporary figure erected form Remembrance Sunday each year for the last several years, many thanks to them.

Bratton Poppy

News 2022

Sorry for the lack of updates this year there has been little news, I spent quite a bit of time using my drone to get aerial footage of the hillfigures, I still have a few to go but you can see the photos so far. Click on the Uffington White Horse to go to the Gallery.

Hillfigures from the Air

News 2021


New Hillfigure at Beaverbrooke Estate, Surrey.

News 2020

Cerne Abbas Giant: Snails show chalk hill figure may not be prehistoric

News 2018

West Clandon Dragon

Restoration has been completed

West Clandon Dragon


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Thanks to Andy and Sonja Freebody for the restoration photos

7th (City of London) Battalion of the London Regiment Badge "Shiny 7"

Restoration has been completed

Before Chalking

7th (City of London) Battalion of the London Regiment Badge


7th (City of London) Battalion of the London Regiment Badge

Map of Australia

Here is a photo of if just before completion, it has now been completed.

Map of Australia

News 2017

Royal Warwickshire Badge Restoration

The Royal Warwickshire regiment Badge has been restored and is looking very nice. Plans are afoot to restore the 7th (City of London) Battalion of the London Regiment Badge "Shiny 7"

More information on the website sutton-down-badges.com

Royal Warwickshire Badge

Pewsey Horse - 80th Birthday 2017

I was luck enough to attend the 80th Birthday of the Pewsey Horse and helped in its cleaning.

Before and After

Before After

New Book 2016

Angus Heywood (2016) Chalk Hills White Horses

Photographer and author, Angus Haywood, documented the chalk drawings of southern England on black and white film, observing their environment, aesthetics and scale. The negatives were hand-printed on a glossy, warm tone, fibre based paper using traditional printing techniques in the darkroom, before being post produced using contemporary, industry-specific digital technology.

Each of Angus’ photographs is juxtaposed with a carefully selected lino-cut, with each image informing and inspiring the other. This in turn, makes Chalk Hills White Horses greater than the sum of its very impressive parts and creates both a powerful and compelling visual narrative.

ISBN 978-1-909660-68-7, Available from www.facebook.com/angushaywoodphotography

Chalk Hills White Horses

New Discoveries 2016

Fovant Down Poppy - New Hillfigure

Fovant Down Poppy

New Discoveries 2015

A Dragon in Suffolk

Bures Dragon

Many Thanks to Steve Hamilton to alerting me to these figures

New Discoveries 2014

A set of four horses in Lutterworth

Lutterworth Horses

Many Thanks to Steve Hamilton to alerting me to these figures

A pterodactyl in Wiltshire

CND Badge

Many Thanks to Rowan and Lisa Crawley for alerting me to this figure

A CND badge in Brighton

CND Badge

Many Thanks to Martyn Gadd for the tip off.

Also nearby in Hove a finger maze

CND Badge

This book can be purchased from this website

Dr Mark Hows (2006) The Hillfigures of Kent 1st edn.

some full colour photographs.

First Edition Book Cover

Available from this website £1.50 inc p&p

E-Mail Me for more details


I will happily give evening talks on any aspect of hillfigures, no charge just travel expense
re-imbursement, note I live near Cambridge E-Mail Me for more details and availablilty.

Find out about the author and how you can help the Hillfigure Homepage Here.

Below are Points of Interest (POI) files for use with a Tom Tom GPS system. The ASC file is the text file with the data in converted to Long/Lat, the OV2 file is what has to be downloaded to the GPS and the BMP file is the image that a GPS displays on screen

To download right click on the link and select save target as

Hill Figures.ov2
Hill Figures.asc
Hill Figures.bmp

Many Thanks to Dave Leach for his help in creating these GPS files

Google Earth waypoints for hillfigures and a few related figures. Note not all hillfigures are on the file as they are not yet available on google earth.



Scattered throughout southern England are currently some 57 hill figures (and maybe more with some unconfirmed figures and sometimes an exciting discovery) cut into the abundant chalk downlands, the most famous of these is the White horse of Uffington on the Berkshire downs. There are also three hill figures in the north, one in Yorkshire and two figures cut into quartz in Aberdeenshire. Unfortunately another 57 hill figures now lost (there may be more) including the most unusual figures the Red horses of Tysoe cut into the red loam soil of Warwickshire. Four of these figures can just about be seen but are in danger of being lost forever.

Hill figures are limited to the UK apart from a few exceptions mainly colonial countries, however similar figures are found all over the world from Africa to the Americas.

The area of greatest interest is Wiltshire, where there are some eight visible horses (another two have long since disappeared), and the more modern military badges at Fovant Down, the Bulford Kiwi and the now almost lost Laverstock Panda. The Inkpen horse (no longer visible) and the Uffington horse are also very close to the Wiltshire county boundary making this region the most important for Hill figures. They range in age the oldest being the 3000 year old Uffington white horse and the youngest being the Folkestone Horse (2003).

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GV Good View
P Parking
FP Footpath

Position of the Hill Figures of the UK.

Position of the Hill Figures of the UK

If you have any information on Hill figures, or would like any more information E-Mail Me

Please remember do not walk on the figures, and follow the countryside code, I am happy to offer visit advice

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