Friday, 7 May 2010
Cerne Abbas was once an important centre for the leather and brewing industries, but is now a quiet village furnished with a fair sprinkling of quaint pubs and tea rooms; just what the weary walker wants!
Also in the village are the ruins of an Abbey which are definitely worth a look. The abbey was first established in 978, but all that now remains is a 15th century gatehouse and the guest house, which you can see in these pictures.
The giant is about 180′ high and nearly 170′ wide. It’s thought to represent either a Celtic warrior god or the Roman deity Hercules. Although its age and origin are unknown, it has become a popular part of local culture and folklore, which usually associates it with fertility (for obvious reasons!). It’s also become a favourite target for pranksters; most memorably, in 2007, a large image of Homer Simpson holding a doughnut was spray painted next to the Giant as a publicity stunt for the upcoming Simpsons’ Movie.