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I n Marcharchaeologists traveled to a hilltop in Dorset, England, to bag a giant. They sliced into his elbows and feet, then took bits of him back to their labs in bags and metal tubes. N o actual behemoth was harmed in the process, because the Cerne Abbas Giant is a geoglyph—a large artwork emblazoned into the landscape.
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Ancient naked figure sculpted into the chalk hillside above Cerne Abbas. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property web before you travel. What keeps our teams busy throughout the year to keep him in tip-top condition?
And how much chalk do you need to keep him visible for miles around?
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Find out about our work looking after the Cerne Giant, now over years in our care. From different viewpoints, in different lights, the Giant can look starkly white or at times be just a faint outline. The chalk grassland where the Giant lies is of national and European importance for the many rare chalk downland plants and invertebrates that thrive here. Try and spot a marsh fritillary butterfly in May, and look out for wildflowers in summer. West Dorset is an ideal holiday location.
Our places to stay are located by the coast in gorgeous countryside that's featured in the hit TV programme Broadchurch and the Far from the Madding Crowd film starring Carey Mulligan.
The Cerne Giant is an giant naked figure sculpted into the chalk hillside above Cerne Abbas in Dorset. Inafter extensive scientific analysis, National Trust archaeologists concluded the giant was probably first constructed in the late Saxon period. Above the giant is a rectangular earthwork enclosure, known as the Trendle, which is believed to date back to the Iron Age. It is male used today by local Morris Dancers as a site for May Day celebrations. The giant was given to the National Trust in Part of conserving the giant means leaving it alone as much as possible — the chalk is replaced every decade or so, a process that takes days of work by National Trust rangers and volunteers.
The more the ground is disturbed, the quicker the giant erodes away. If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a naked choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation.
Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very ificant boost to our places' funds. Important notice - Our countryside space is open. Overview Opening times How to get here Facilities and access. Saved to My places Save to My places. Share: Twitter Facebook Pinterest .
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General Family Access. General Please follow social distancing measures Set on a rolling hillside above the picturesque village of Cerne Abbas Enjoy a gentle stroll along footpaths leading up to the Cerne Giant from Cerne Abbas and the viewing area off the main road To avoid damage and erosion, access to the giant is restricted Free parking in A lay-by not NT. Suitable for coaches Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on le Information point detailing some of the history and wildlife you can see here.
Family The grassy hillside is a great place to discover butterflies and wild flowers in summer.
Access The car park is on flat, level tarmac and has one deated accessible parking space A viewing area is located in the car park and offers the best view of the giant The giant itself is on a very steep slope along a mixture of grass and chalk surfaces.
It can get very muddy after wet weather. Ancient naked figure sculpted into the chalk hillside above Cerne Abbas The Cerne Giant is an ancient naked figure sculpted into the chalk hillside above Cerne Abbas in Dorset.
Telephone westdorset nationaltrust. Directions via Google Maps. From Dorchester it's 8 miles along a quiet, but rough and uneven road to Cerne Abbas. The Wessex Ridgeway passes 1 mile from the Cerne Giant and is linked by quiet ro and other footpaths.
It is a long-distance trail running along ancient trackways from Marlborough in Wiltshire to Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast. By train Maiden Newton train station 6 miles, Dorchester West train station and Dorchester South train station, both 8 miles away. By road -posted just off the A, 8 miles north of Dorchester and 10 miles south of Sherbourne. It runs on weekdays only. Admission free. What is Gift Aid? Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.
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Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets: Gift Aid Admission Standard Admission If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. Tuesday 12 October Countryside Dawn to dusk. Wednesday 13 October Countryside Dawn to dusk. Thursday 14 October Countryside Dawn to dusk.
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