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Jun
17

Cerne Abbas, Dorset. Open Gardens and stroll (36299)

This event has been cancelled:
I'm afraid that due to low numbers on the event and father having been taken ill, I have decided to cancel the event. I'm sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Event Overview

This is a walk around the hill and with a good view of the giant. The gardens in Cerne Abbas are open to the public for the weekend. Usually a wonderful show.

The Cerne Abbas Giant is a hill figure near the village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset, England. Made by a turf-cut outline filled with chalk, it depicts a large naked man with an erection and is typically described as a giant wielding a club. The figure is listed as a scheduled monument in the United Kingdom and the site where he stands is owned by the National Trust.

The origin and age of the figure are unclear. It is often thought of as an ancient construction, though t...

This is a walk around the hill and with a good view of the giant. The gardens in Cerne Abbas are open to the public for the weekend. Usually a wonderful show.

The Cerne Abbas Giant is a hill figure near the village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset, England. Made by a turf-cut outline filled with chalk, it depicts a large naked man with an erection and is typically described as a giant wielding a club. The figure is listed as a scheduled monument in the United Kingdom and the site where he stands is owned by the National Trust.

The origin and age of the figure are unclear. It is often thought of as an ancient construction, though the earliest mention of it dates to the late 17th century. Early antiquarians associated it, on little evidence, with a Saxon deity, while other scholars sought to identify it with a Celtic British figure of the Roman Hercules or some syncretization of the two. Archaeological evidence that parts of the drawing have been lost over time strengthen the Hercules identification. The lack of earlier descriptions leads modern scholars to conclude that it probably dates from the 17th century, and perhaps originated as political satire.

Regardless of its age, the Cerne Abbas Giant has become an important part of local culture and folklore, which often associates it with fertility. It is one of England's best known hill figures and is a visitor attraction in the region.

http://www.cerneabbasopengardens.org.uk/Pages/Home

 

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Food & Drink

Feel free to bring a picnic. Or there are 3 pubs in the village, all serve food. However, I would expect them to be very busy.

Meeting & Times

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Media

Pic 2 © Copyright Gillian Thomas and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Pic 1 © Copyright Liz McCabe and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Other Pictures by myself.

 

What to Bring

For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:

Boots:  Hiking boots  that  are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.

Socks:  Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.

Walking Trousers:  (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet.  From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.

Waterproof Over-Trousers:  essential in any significant rainfall.  Breathable ones are best.

Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt,  and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.

Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather.  You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.

Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke.

Gloves: essential in frosty weather.

Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.

Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye

Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.

Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.

Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!

Useful Information

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During the event When you arrive please stay with the Event Leader in case we suddenly set off. It may seem obvious, but please keep with the group. People who go on ahead or lag behind can cause problems for everyone else! Also, if you feel ill or have a problem do tell the leader straight away; if you need to drop out there may be a place you can wait for a lift, or catch a bus back. If you need to stop briefly en route please tell one of the others so we can make sure you are not left behind.

Routes where route plans are included please note these are only a guide. The leader may modify the route on the day to take account of weather, obstacles, progress, fitness and other factors. Please do not try to rendezvous with us, as we cannot guarantee we will be anywhere at a particular place or time.

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Event Reference No:
36299