The scenic railway from Bristol to Weymouth

Westbury

Westbury is situated under the north-western bluffs of Salisbury Plain, cut into which is one of the most distinctive landmarks along our line, the Westbury White Horse. Situated beside the Iron Age Hill fort of Bratton Camp, a walk of about 2½ miles via the town centre takes you to the top of Westbury Hill for magnificent views – a favourite spot for picnics, walking and kite flying. Ordnance Survey map Explorer 143 covers this and the Wiltshire section of the nearby Wessex Ridgeway.

Westbury was an important centre in the production of high-quality cloths for which the west of England was renowned throughout the world. The town prospered as a result until the mid 19th century, leaving a legacy in some of the town’s historic buildings. The town centre is just under a mile from the station, but you can jump on the 265 bus from in front of the Railway Inn at the top of the Station Approach road. The heart of the town is the Market Place, the old square formed by some of the oldest buildings in Westbury, including the old Town Hall and All Saints’ Church in a handsome churchyard surrounded by cottages and footpaths.  It boasts the third heaviest peal of eight bells in the world, an Erasmus Bible and a sixteenth century clock. Almshouses were built in 1869 in pretty Prospect Square for mill workers who needed a home, and this charity continues today with seven cottages by the churchyard.

Westbury also has some beautiful Victorian buildings, including one of the longest serving indoor swimming pools in the country and The Laverton, built in 1873 in the Venetian style, currently serving as offices for the town council. The Horse and Groom pub in Alfred Street could be a good “pit stop” before or after a walk up to the White Horse.

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