The Long Man Of Wilmington
2-10 Wilmington Way, Wilmington, United Kingdom
The Long Man Of Wilmington Reviews
A site worth seeing! Feb 08, 2011
I don’t live too far from the long man of Wilmington and often used to visit the site with my parents as a child and teen! I recently re-visited the site and wanted to share my experience with you by reviewing my trip!
The walk itself is quite steep and if you are not too sure-footed, it would be best to just admire the view from the lower levels as both access points (either to the left or to the right of the Priory car park exit) are very rough. muddy and pitted by horses hooves.
Pagans celebrate around the Long Man on specific pagan/wicca "holidays", such as Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas and Samhain (Hallowe'en) including the equinox celebrations although obviously they are also not allowed on to the figure itself.
No-one really knows where he came from 'tho many theories exist. Locals believe he is an older figure, along the lines of the White Horse in the West Country, but some archaeological work done by the University of Reading suggests that the figure dates from the sixteenth or seventeenth century AD and the earliest known record was in a drawing done by William Burrell in 1710.
What it clear is that he is a powerful image and draws many tourists to the area each year. He rests in a dip in the Sussex Downs, in many respects sheltered from the worst of the weather from inland and the coastal region. There are plenty of pathways and walks across the Sussex Downs, for example starting off in Polegate and walking across to the River Cuckmere at Exceat, a beautiful walk, which will bypass our Long Man.
If you enjoy walking and like to learn about random unexplained phenomenon you will no doubt dropping into to Wilmington in Kent, UK for a visit. There is also a little pub on the corner to the road entrance to the site which is extremely quaint and is lovely for a some lunch after a mornings exploring!
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