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Chalk hill figures?

Has anyone visited either the Long Man of Wilmington or the Cernes Abbas north of Dorchester?

If you have, is either worth taking the time to see?

Thanks very much!

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I have seen the Cerne Abbas Giant & it is worth seeing - from a lay-by on the main road on the other side of the valley. It really depends on how far you are deviating from seeing other things. Other places that are within about 40 minutes drive are Minterne Gardens (about 13 minutes N), Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, Thomas Hardy's Cottage and Lulworth Cove/Durdle Dor.

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I visited the Cerne Abbas giant last week. It was absolutely throwing it down with rain, so I didn't go for a walk and I was in the only car in the car park. Typical English April weather.
It is worth stopping if you are in the area, but once you have seen it that is it. Like Stonehenge, it is in reality not that spectacular, but it is its age and uniqueness that make it worth a visit.
There are lots of hill figures of various ages ancient and modern, see the list here:
Some of them are horses, such as the Uffington White horse: estimate age about 1000 BC.

P.S. Lots of other lovely places in Dorset. Lyme Regis and the coast is always a winner. I discovered the remains of a Roman Aqueduct just north of Dorchester, I didn't know there were any in England. I even visited the "real" (allegedly) site of Camelot. Not Tintagel but here:,_Somerset

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Hi James,

Thank you for your reply. We are planning to do a short stop here on our drive from Wadebridge into Winchester.

I appreciate your mentioning Minterne Gardens. We are thinking about stopping by here also.


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Hi Chris F,

I really appreciate your reply.

Thanks for your link to the various hill figures. We are visiting Alfriston for a couple of nights, where we are looking forward to seeing the Long Man of Wilmington. I find these figures fascinationg emphasized textdue to their history. I have been interested in seeing the 'chalk hills' since reading the book Sarum last year. I am now reading another of Edward Rutherford's books, London, which also mentions the chalk hills quite a bit.

We would have liked to see the Uffington White Horse figure, but it is a long distance away from our trip where we are starting in Royal Turnbridge Wells, then to Alfriston, then Portsmouth, then Ivybridge, followed by Mousehole, then Wadebridge, finishing up in Winchester.

Thanks again,