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Cerne Abbas Giant

The man with the huge penis.

Cerne Abbas Giant is a huge outline sculpted into the chalk hillside above the village of Cerne Abbas representing a naked, sexually aroused, club-wielding giant. He has been used to advertise products as diverse as condoms, jeans, and bicycles. Many couples today see him as a unique aid to fertility. So be careful when you hike through the bushes!:)

But is it just a racy remnant of our distant pagan past or a 17th-century political caricature? The problem with all the “ancient” theories is that there is no written reference to the giant before 1694. In 1774, Rev. John Hutchins claimed he was told that the giant was ‘a modern thing’ cut by Lord Holles.

Denzil Holles who owned Giant Hill from 1642 to 1666 was a fierce critic of Oliver Cromwell. So Cerne Abbas Giant might as well be a caricature for Cromwell’s stern puritanical rule.

During the Second World War, the giant was disguised to prevent the Germans from using him as an aerial landmark. Since then he has always been visible, receiving regular grass trimmings and a full re-chalking every 25 years.

Apart from enjoying this unusual landmark, you can do a lot of hiking in this beautiful area. Cerne Abbas Village is located in the valley of the River Cerne, between steep chalk downland in central Dorset, which means there are plenty of hills and ever-changing vistas.

In 2008 it was voted as Britain’s “Most Desirable Village” by estate agent Savills.

Getting there:
The village of Cerne Abbas is eight miles north of Dorchester on the A352 Sherbourne Road.
NB- parking is free!

written by neja

5 comments

  1. clickiemcpete

    clickiemcpete

    I heard this place was hard to find... :p

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  2. neja

    neja

    @clickiemcpete not if you have a TomTom!

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  3. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    Works as political and moral caricature, if you think about Cromwell. Also, utter surety of righteousness is an excellent way to damn yourself. Great location!!!

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  4. annabelle179

    annabelle179

    This is such a beautiful place. I've lived nearby for a year and I've spent many sunday afternoons walking there and of course taking all of my guests there. Cerne Abbas is a cute village, so you should not hesitate to go for a visit! There are three pubs (from moderate to upper prices) and there used to be at least a dozen I think. One of them is built around an oak which is older than the USA :) Go and see the church, the old abbey and the well next to the cemetary on your way to the giant. If you're lucky you will see some nice horses, too :) And you shouldn't miss out on the famous cream tea served in a nice tea room!

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  5. neja

    neja

    @annabelle179 thanks for all the suggestions! will make sure to do it next time I am around!

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