of England's Most Fascinating Hill Figures
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Carved like scar tissue into the rolling hills of rural England is a collection of more than 50 majestic, somewhat curious geoglyphs. These giant hill figures are the result of meticulously digging into the vegetation to expose the underlying rock, which in most cases is chalk. Some of these hillside drawings hark back to a time of pagan rituals, some honor former kings, and others commemorate troops during the World Wars. Horse figures often take center stage — there are currently 16 spread across the country — but there are also humanlike images, exotic animals, crosses, and military badges etched into the landscape. Explore seven of England’s most intriguing chalk figures and the stories behind them.