The Cerne Abbas Giant is a 180 foot chalk hill figure near the village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset. Britain’s largest chalk hill figure, there are many theories surrounding the giant’s origin and identity. The most likely explanation is that he depicts Hercules, the god with super-human strength and was probably created as far back as the late 17th Century.
It is outlined by shallow trenches cut in the turf and backfilled with chalk rubble. The figure is listed as a Scheduled Monument of England and was given to the National Trust in 1920. The Giant overlooks the village of Cerne Abbas and the surrounding countryside is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). From the car park, you can enjoy a gentle stroll leading up to the Giant from the viewing area and car park off the main road.
To avoid damage and erosion, access to the Giant is restricted and the chalk is replaced every 10 years or so. Above the Giant is a rectangular earthwork enclosure, known as the Trendle, which is believed to date back to the Iron Age and is still used by local Morris Dances in May Day celebrations.