The Cerne giant and the maypole mound above his head have marked a fertility power place since ancient times. The deep trenches cut in to the chalk rock in the hillside which outlines the giant's form have been maintained by generation after generation of locals since at least the second millennium BC.
The giant is 180 feet tall and stand opposite a viewing point and car park.
The nearby New Inn is the local contact point.
To the east of Bridport high on a hill is the Hardy memorial - it can be seen for miles around and the views from the top of the hill it stands on are superb.
The tower was closed the day we went although no reason was given but for a nominal fee it is possible to climb inside the tower in the summer months to the top.
This is not, as we thought, a memorial to Hardy the writer but to the Hardy of Nelson and Trafalger fame.