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Pictures of Cerne Abbas Giant

a National Trust Attraction in the town of Cerne Abbas, in the county of Dorset

About Cerne Abbas Giant

This magnificent figure cut into the turf of a chalk hillside is best viewed from the north of the village. He is known as "The Cerne Giant" or sometimes as "The Rude Man" and is believed to have been cut during the Roman occupation or even earlier.

The largest hillfigure in Britain, he measures a splendid 180 ft tall and has long been associated with Pagan fertility rights. It is further believed that there were strange happenings in this area during the 16th-century and that the giant may be a legacy of this time.

Whatever his origins, he remains a superb landmark amidst the lovely rural Dorset countryside and it is well worth finding the lay-by along the A352 to get a good look at him.

The site is cared for by the National trust and there is no direct access.

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