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Explore Cerne Abbas & The Naked Giant of Dorset

Hidden away along the tranquil green Cerne Valley, in the agricultural county of Dorset in southern England, a region immortalized by the great writer Thomas Hardy, you’ll cdiscover a charming village with extraordinary ties to Washington and 180ft Giant carved into the hillside.

From Dorchester
Online Experience
1 Hour
United Kingdom
Upto 10 people
English
Highlights
  • Real-time experience streamed live from the charming village of Cerne Abbas
  • Have a long look at the famous and mysterious 180 ft naked Giant
  • Stroll along the peaceful River Cerne 
  • Explore traditional Dorset pubs and learn about the famous beer brewed by the monks
Description

Hidden away along the tranquil green Cerne Valley, in the agricultural county of Dorset in southern England, is the village of Cerne Abbas, a region immortalized by the great writer Thomas Hardy. Join me on this Online Experience to discover a charming village with an infamously carved hillside and some extraordinary ties with Washington. 

We will begin our exploration with a view of the famous and mysterious 180 ft Naked Giant carved into a hillside just outside the village - a symbol of ancient spirituality a few thousand years old, or perhaps just a few hundred and meant as a joke against one of England's tyrant rulers. We continue for a few minutes along the peaceful River Cerne before arriving in the village chosen recently as being Britain's most desirable village to live in.
Cerne Abbas owes its existence as a settlement to the establishment of a Benedictine Abbey over a thousand years ago. We will learn about the history of what was the third richest Abbey in the country and see the romantic ruins and remaining buildings. Walking in the steps of pilgrims, we will reach the ancient Wishing Well, which legend tells us was established by Saint Augustine who was sent here in the 6th century to convert the local population on behalf of the Pope.
Continuing our stroll, we will make our way to the 14th-century parish church, where we discover some surprising American connections whilst passing rows of medieval houses. Moving onto some traditional Dorset pubs, we will learn about the famous beer brewed by the monks a thousand years ago and look at the traditional Dorset cream teas from the village tearooms. We finish the walk at the end of the village, admiring more peaceful views of the River Cerne dotted with cottage gardens.

About this experience
Instructions
  • Please have a good internet connection and Zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • Please sign in to the Zoom app five minutes prior to the beginning of the experience
  • This tour involves travelling to various places, at times the internet connection may be weak. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions (only for outdoor tours)
  • You can book this tour either for 32 GBP per screen OR as a private session for 120 GBP for up to 10 screens joining this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Chris Belsten

I am a Blue Badge guide for southwest England. I have been conducting extended tours around Britain and Europe for many years but my first love is my home county of Dorset, where I love to walk, cycle, and explore its rural charm, quaint villages, outstanding landscapes, and surprising history.

From USD 46 / Screen
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.