Most hill figures are large carvings in the turf on hillsides, forming the outline or the solid shape of a horse, a giant or some other creature or object by revealing the underlying bedrock, which is usually chalk. They are generally designed to be seen from below and from afar, and some can be seen from many miles away.
Perhaps the best known of all hill figures are the Uffington White Horse, in Oxfordshire and the Cerne Abbas Giant, in Dorset, both in southern England where most of the hill figures are to be found, probably because the chalk downs of the area make a superb canvas for such figures. They are not confined to southern England, though, with others dotted around the rest of Britain and the world. Not all are chalk, either, other mediums have been used to form them, including quartz, limestone and even whitewash painted onto rock.
By way of example, I'm giving the Westbury White Horse in Wiltshire, England, which is at N 51 15.828 W 2 08.803 and there's a link to a photo of it below. This one, incidentally, has had the chalk replaced with concrete for ease of maintenance!
You can find more information about hill figures generally here and about white horses, which are the commonest figures, here.
This cache is intended only for hill figures as described above, and is not intended for pictographs or petroglyphs, which have their own locationless cache, "A Picture Says a Thousand Words" (GCB1BB) here. These are paintings or carvings on rock or other material, often made by original native inhabitants, for example American Indians, and are intended to be viewed close-up and not from afar.
The rules are:
1. Hill figures only. If you're in doubt as to whether a particular example would be allowed, email me before you visit it.
2. Visit the figure, note the co-ords at the figure, and post them here.
3. Take a photo including the figure or part of it, and your GPSr, at those co-ords, and post it here.
4. If that photo doesn't show enough of the figure for it to be recognisable, take another photo, perhaps from below, showing the whole figure or as much of it as possible, and post it here too. No stolen web images!
5. This rule has been changed as locationless caches are being archived at the end of 2005: You can log a hill figure even if it has been logged by another team, and you can log as many as you like.
6. If you don't have a digital camera and have to wait for processing, you can post your log as a note (including the co-ords) when you've visited the figure, in order to claim it, then change your log to a find when you upload the photos (within ten days). If you might need more than ten days (e.g. away on holiday) then email me.
7. Any log that doesn't meet the rules will be deleted.
I've made the terrain level 3, as although some are easy strolls from a convenient parking place, some involve steep climbs, long walks or both. The difficulty is 1, as they're not usually hard to find, just to get to. Enjoy those marvellous places where most of the hill figures are to be found!
If you are in the UK and would like to have a say in the future of caching here, please visit the Geocaching Association of Great Britain