Cerne Abbas and the Giant

Cerne Abbas is a tiny village located in Dorset. Mostly famous for the ‘Cerne Abbas Giant’, a large figure of a naked man carved into the white chalk rock on the hillside.

I had the pleasure of visiting Cerne Abbas with some colleague on a weekend away in the country. We packed our bags and prosecco and headed to the country, which ideally is only a short 50 minute drive from Poole. More about our weekend, here!

We stayed in a beautiful modern cottage, which slept all 8 of us. The green fields surrounded our windows and the fresh air and quiet surroundings is exactly what we needed after a manic very weeks at work.

Cerne Abbas is pretty small village. However, It’s well maintained, full of history and beautiful architecture. Worth dropping in for a visit and some lunch in one of the many pubs and tearooms.

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Cerne Abbas Giant

At 55 metres high and 51 metres wide, many people believe that the large chalk giant is a  Iron Age fertility symbol. An important part of local culture, it is one of England’s best known hill figures.

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To be honest, it’s pretty disappointing. I remember as a child, the figure was pure white, you could clearly see it fro the car park. Now, faded and poorly maintained. Even when you walk up to the figure, you are greeted with this sign;

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Cerne Abbey

Founded in 987 by an Old English writer who spent a majority of his time at the abbey as a priest and teacher.

After Thomas Corton, the last abbot of the abbey, let the buildings and land become derelict. He was also caught keeping a mistress and their children hidden away, causing a warrant inspection by commissioners and the abbey was closed in 1539.

You can still wonder around the grounds, however access to the buildings in not permitted.

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