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Cerne Abbas Giant

Towering over the countryside and shrouded in mystery, Britain's largest chalk drawing is a curious and compelling destination.

The Cerne Abbas Giant is a huge drawing of unknown origins, carved with chalk into the hills above Dorset. At 180 feet (55 meters) high, the mysterious image depicting a club-wielding naked figure dominates the landscape of the area. Marvel at it from a distance or walk in the hills to inspect the landmark from a close vantage point.

Chalk hill figures are scattered throughout Britain, most often depicting white horses such as in Uffington, but no others are quite like the detailed Cerne Abbas Giant. It is widely believed to have been made in the 17th century as a mockery of Oliver Cromwell. Ask locals about it and you may hear other theories, such as its significance as a symbol of fertility or the idea that it represents Hercules.

Enjoy the best views of the giant from the parking lot in Cerne Abbas, where the whole outline is visible. Observe the details of the figure, from the surprised facial expression to the unmistakable genitalia, which make this particular drawing unique. Find a picnic area nearby.

Stroll through the hills beneath the drawing to see a variety of flowers and butterflies. Access to the giant itself is restricted to prevent erosion but the gentle paths are perfect for a picturesque walk on a sunny morning.

At the top of the hill sits the Trendle or Frying Pan, a rectangular settlement dating back to the Iron Age. Come here on May Day when Morris dancers welcome spring at dawn with traditional dances and celebrations.

After your visit, wander through attractive Cerne Abbas village, home to several sites of religious interest. Explore the remains of a Benedictine abbey and take a moment to reflect in the 14th-century St. Mary's Church. End your day in one of the village's historic public houses.

The village and the Cerne Abbas Giant are located 8 miles (13 kilometers) north of Dorchester's train stations and 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Maiden Newton. From here, follow the signposts for a short distance to the viewing area, which is free and open year-round.


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The New Inn

     
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    Situated in Dorchester, this luxury inn is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Cerne Abbas Giant and within 9 miles (15 km) of Tutankhamun: The Exhibition and Badger Watch Dorset. Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and The Keep Military Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).

    Old Gaol Cottage
    Old Gaol Cottage

    Old Gaol Cottage

       
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      Situated in Dorchester, this cottage is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Cerne Abbas Giant and within 9 miles (15 km) of Tutankhamun: The Exhibition and Badger Watch Dorset. Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and The Keep Military Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).

      Old Gaol Cottage, Cerne Abbas
      Old Gaol Cottage, Cerne Abbas

      Old Gaol Cottage, Cerne Abbas

         
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        Situated in Dorchester, this cottage is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Cerne Abbas Giant and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tutankhamun: The Exhibition and Badger Watch Dorset. Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and The Keep Military Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Little Thatch
        Little Thatch

        Little Thatch

           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Dorchester, this cottage is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Cerne Abbas Giant and within 9 miles (15 km) of Tutankhamun: The Exhibition and Badger Watch Dorset. Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and The Keep Military Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).

          Little Thatch, Cerne Abbas
          Little Thatch, Cerne Abbas

          Little Thatch, Cerne Abbas

          The Folly, 13 The Folly, Dorchester, ENG
             
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            Situated in a rural location, this historic cottage is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Cerne Abbas Giant and within 9 miles (15 km) of Tutankhamun: The Exhibition and Badger Watch Dorset. Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and The Keep Military Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).

            The Greyhound Inn £89
            The Greyhound Inn

            The Greyhound Inn

               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Dorchester, this inn is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Cerne Abbas Giant and within 9 miles (15 km) of Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Badger Watch Dorset. Tutankhamun: The Exhibition and Roman Town House are also within 12 miles (20 km).

              Gaggle Of Geese Pub & Shepherd Huts
              Gaggle Of Geese Pub & Shepherd Huts

              Gaggle Of Geese Pub & Shepherd Huts

                 
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                Situated in a rural location, this inn is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Badger Watch Dorset and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Cerne Abbas Giant. Tutankhamun: The Exhibition and Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are also within 12 miles (20 km).

                The Old Grainstore
                The Old Grainstore

                The Old Grainstore

                   
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                  Situated in Dorchester, this luxury holiday home is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Badger Watch Dorset and within 6 miles (10 km) of Cerne Abbas Giant and Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Tutankhamun: The Exhibition and Dorset Teddy Bear Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).