Kilburn White Horse Tours

Drive along the Vale of York on the boundary of the North York Moors National Park and you won’t be able to miss the Kilburn White Horse, a gigantic artwork of a horse etched into the limestone cliffs of the Sutton Bank. Formed using more than 6 tons of limestone chalk chips to whiten the natural grey rock and featuring a lone grass patch for the ‘eye,’ the White Horse was designed by local businessman Thomas Taylor in 1857, inspired by similar designs in south England.

It might not have been the original, but it is the biggest – the Kilburn White Horse measures an impressive 97 meters long and 67 meters high, covering a plot of around 1.6 acres. Hiking routes and lookout points run along the hilltop around the White Horse (although walking on the horse is frowned upon as it damages the surface), but the most impressive views are from the bottom of the hill and on clear days, the landmark equine can be seen from as far away as North Leeds.

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The Kilburn White Horse is located near Kilburn in the North York Moors National Park and is free to visit. 
Address: North York Moors National Park, Thirsk, United Kingdom, England
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North York Moors and Whitby Day Trip from York

Discover the rugged beauty of rural north England on this 8-hour North York Moors and Whitby day trip from York. Explore the medieval town of Helmsley, home to quaint shops and a medieval castle. Delve into the North York Moors National Park for panoramic views over the rolling countryside. Soak up Whitby’s seaside atmosphere at your leisure, perhaps visiting Whitby Abbey, the port or the Captain Cook Museum. Return via the Hole of Horcum and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours

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