Cycling past Yorkshire’s famous white horse

Few villages are so obvious for miles around than Kilburn on the south-eastern fringe of the North York Moors National Park. It may be tiny, its residents numbering 227 at the time of the last census, but on a clear day it is possible to hone in on its location from about 30 miles away in Harrogate.

For this is a village with a famous landmark so huge it was covered to avoid the cross hairs of German bombers during the Second World War. The famous White Horse of Kilburn lies to the south of Sutton Bank; a beautiful beacon of white rocks arranged in equine shape on the sheer Roulston Scar hillside. Its surface extends 318ft long and 220ft high, making it the largest of Britain’s white horses.

Kilburn White Horse on the route of the 2018 Ryedale Rumble
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