I drive past this great, naked giant every week as I visit my mum. He is carved into the chalk hillside above the village of Cerne Abbas. No one knows his origin – it is possible that he dates from the Roman period – but whatever he is worth a visit, and so is Cerne Abbas.
The National Trust has the management of the Giant, and he desperately needs some attention before his left arm disappears completely. A Benedictine monastery was founded here – the remains of the great abbey buildings can still be seen behind Abbey Farm. St Augustine’s well is in the churchyard, and believed to have healing qualities. The village still has stocks outside the church.
Cerne is one of the prettiest villages in the county of Dorset. The village is quaint with many thatched properties. There are a couple of excellent pubs serving locally sourced, home cooked meals.
When I was a child I frequently stayed with a school friend and helped do the milk round. They had a small herd of guernsey cattle. It was just idyllic – happy memories. Just beyond Cerne is Mintern Magna which offers some lovely gardens to walk round.
Posted by Jane Greening, owner of New House Farm and Mangerton Lake