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I posted the other day about our drive down through, Avebury, Stonehenge and the chalk horses of Wiltshire. What a great day out, we loved it! We missed one very important site, The Cerne Abbas Giant. If you’re in this part of England take a chance to see this chalk man with his rampant penis not far from Stonehenge.

The Cerne Abbas Giant. Chalk man with errection

The Cerne Abbas Giant

I’d never seen this very excited chap, ever, in my 47 years of Britishness, so we made the pilgrimage today.

It was about a 1 hour drive from Bournemouth through beautiful chalk down countryside and some of the prettiest villages I’ve ever seen. Cerne Abbas village itself was stunning with thatched cottages and ancient coaching inns turned pubs. The drive through the Piddle valley, today badly flooded, was incredibly picturesque.

We got to see the Cerne Abbas Giant up on the hillside. Not a great view, but I forgot to bring my helicopter. If you click the link through to the National Trust site you’ll see some better pictures.

It was well worth the drive and, as I said before, it’s a shame that so many visitors only make it to Stonehenge. this part of the UK is bristling with history.

The Cerne Abbas Giant is the UK’s Largest Chalk Figure

The giant is the UK’s largest chalk figure, he’s 180ft tall. They haven’t quite worked out why he’s there or how old he is yet, he’s a man of mystery. Maybe he’s a fertility symbol, maybe he’s a giant chalk two fingers up at Oliver Cromwell. The jury is still out, as far as I know. Have you ever seen a naked man on a hill?

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Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

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