You may remember The White Horse Of Kilburn post which I wrote back in 2014. Here is a photo of the horse, which is cut in to the hillside, which I took when I last visited.
I said in that post that we would return to take a walk right up to the horse itself, and I also included Touch the white horse of Kilburn on my 50 Before 50 list, so we went back again yesterday to do just that. I didn't manage to actually touch it, but we got pretty close to it.
There's a car park right below the horse so you don't have to venture too far in order to reach it.
You can take a moderate one and a half mile round walk which brings you back to the car park, a longer strenuous six mile walk, or do as we did and climb up and then down again.
The white horse was cut in 1857 by a local schoolmaster and his class after being designed and financed by a native of Kilburn, Thomas Taylor, who was a Victorian businessman.
It doesn't look it here but the path at the start is very steep, all my huffing and puffing shows just how unfit I am.
We kept getting a glimpse of the horse as we walked further on.
As we turned and looked from where we had come, we got a fantastic view over the Vale of York. This didn't do anything at all for my fear of heights.
After the initial pathway, you come to some steps, 151 to be exact.
We'd let Archie off his lead at the start of the walk but even though he's very good and doesn't usually wander off, we thought it would be safer for him to be on his lead, there's some steep drops, so he was put back on.
This is the view behind us as we neared the top.
The white horse which we'd come to see. I couldn't actually touch it but I got pretty close.
There's a bench at the top dedicated to Fred Banks, Guardian Of The White Horse.
Fred Banks was a Yorkshire farmer who died at the age of 81 back in 2007. He was a rural historian and president of the Kilburn White Horse Association. His maternal grandfather, Thomas Goodrick, was amongst the school children who helped cut it out and his father, Tom, "took care" of it. Fred followed in his father's footsteps in looking after it.
There's a fantastic view from the bench.
Archie had a little trouble with the steps on the way down so he was more than happy to be a pampered pooch and let Mick carry him.
That's number 22 crossed off my 50 Before 50 list but it wasn't the end of our day out, more photos to follow in another post.