Creative Walks latest

Networking to sound artists over three continents, digital creatives across the UK and walkers physically on the ground, Walking Wiltshires White Horses is truly underway. A creative team is now forming connected by the experience and social media. Five horses have been the focus of creative walks to date including the ‘secret’ white horse at Broadtown. Creative Walks to three further sites including the much loved Alton Barnes white horse take place this weekend.

Walking Wiltshire's White Horses

Walking Wiltshires White Horses is a project combining walking art with carnival, digital arts and local heritage. The project culminates with an installation in the Wiltshire Museum in August and the Long Walk arriving into Devizes International Street Arts Festival on August Bank Holiday. The Long Walk invites walkers to take part in a walk of a hundred miles over five days to all eight of Wiltshires white horses…and beyond. The walk is led by walking artist Ali Pretty, the digital element produced by Richard White, the artists will co-create the installation, Freedom on My Doorstep, at the museum.

Last year when she started on this project Ali said she felt her eyes had been opened, “to a whole new world of stone circles, long barrows, tumuli and white horses, and I became aware of my British heritage, as if for the first time. I was awakened to the long line of human creativity stretching back, in this part of Britain, 5000 years.”

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Creative Walks

The Creative Walks are part of the content gathering and idea developing phase of the project.  A team of walkers gathered for the journey to Cherhill White Horse on Saturday to begin a second weekend of creative walking. As part of her briefing Ali Pretty presented a series of silk paintings inspired both by the site and by escape maps used by spies and soldiers in days gone by. The walk headed out into strong winds onto the chalk downs, walkers took photographs, made sketches and sound recordings.

“ it was like being on the ocean” said walker Dave

More thoughts were gathered on the return. These will inform the installation and will help shape the final form of the flags to be created at Ali's silk painting workshops in July.

The journey to the Broadtown White Horse was epic: through waist high stinging nettles and brambles whilst all around the wind roared in the trees.  Arriving at the edge of the White Horse’s domain the walkers found a disemboweled tree and finally a Llama guarding the path.  The team returned past a huge sweet smelling honeysuckle to share thoughts and notes.

“A great weekends walking, good people, good walks, dramatic weather, maritime thoughts. An adventure. The journey has begun”  said Richard.

Book for the final creative walks:

The creative team now includes many local walkers with others coming in from Bristol and London.  One last weekend of creative walks remain and the invitation to walkers is still open:

29 June: 0945 Marlborough – meet at Preshute Church / sports ground car park.  Book your free place here
29 June: 13.45 Pewsey – Bouverie Hall car park. Book your free place here
30 June: 11.45 Alton Barnes – meet at the Barge Inn pub, Honey Street  Book your free place here

Walking at a gentle place, easy to moderate walking. Pewsey may be a longer than average walk but worth every step.

Alton Barnes walk is designed with an awareness of adults and children, a climb up the downs but otherwise on the flat.

NB: On all walks strictly no dogs.

Silk Painting

In July Ali begins a set of open silk painting workshops to produce a series of flags for each white horse. New members of the creative team are invited to join the workshops. As part of the Walking Wiltshire’s White Horses project this summer, Ali Pretty will be giving a talk on her large-scale silks made for carnivals and outdoor festivals all over the world, in a special presentation of her work on Tuesday 9th July, 7.30 – 9.00 pm at the Wiltshire Museum, Devizes

Book for the Long Walk

Registration is open for the Long Walk, walk for a day or do the entire walk:
5 day walk: 22-26 August

From the arts of walking and talking, contemplation and celebration, to sound art and digital photography; along the way, together we will be making art. We aim to capture some moments of the walking experience and use social media to share it.
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More Info

More information on Wiltshire Museum’s website:

or contact Creative Wiltshire directly:

The project is supported by Arts Council England, with funding from the National Lottery. Wiltshire Museum is managing the project with Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts (DOCA). The project is supported by Bath Spa University and Wiltshire College



Ali Pretty presents her 'escape map' for the Westbury white horse creative walk


A Llama guards the Broadtown white horse

The tree at Broadtown

Cherhill white horse


Ali and a walker contemplate on the view from Cherhill white horse

The escape map for the Hackpen white horse creative walk