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Again not a brilliant day weather wise so we decided once again to take a drive tour around the Dorset countryside.

Our first discovery was the picture postcard village of Milton Abbas. The village owes its neatness to the First Earl of Dorchester, Joseph Damer who in 1780 decided the market town of “Middleton” on his estate was an eye saw and disturbed his vision of rural peace. He commissioned architect Sir William Chambers and landscape gardener Capability Brown to design a new village Milton Abbas. The villagers were relocated and the old village was demolished with no trace today.

After a brief delay for cows crossing we found Cerne Abbas and the enormous priapic giant carved in the chalk hillside. The carving is 180ft high. The age of the carving is disputed . Some believe it is pre-Roman others believe it to be a Romano-British figure of Hercules. However because of his prominent feature many believe it is some primeval fertility symbol. Take your choice –it is certainly interesting!

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