I am still feeling it in my legs after Sundays ride so my usual 32 mile at the start of the week was delayed till today. Took the camera as some of you want pics and decided to give you a brief History lesson. First of all we have the South Downs which is a long Chalk ridge that runs from Eastbourne (My local Seaside Town) right across the South of England and finishes somewhere in Cornwall (The extreme West of the country) Locally it is 6 miles from home and is fantastic Mountain biking. For roadies it also offers a challenge in steep hills for about a mile or so at anything from 8 to 15% Maximum height of the South Downs is 800ft or so so no long mountain climbs for us.
Along the "Downs" there are various Communities- mainly in Agriculture which due to the chalk being 2" below the grass covering is mainly cattle and sheep. But that chalk also given the locals something to do in their spare time. Hill carvings have arisen over the centuries and some of these carvings are reputed to date back to Pre-Roman times or in other words around 2,000 years. The famous one we have locally is the "Long Man of Wilmington"
It "May" not be what it seems as an "Ancient" hill carving as Archaeological digs have been made around the carving and although reputed to be Ancient- no proof has been found before Victorian times so that puts it from 1850 onward. The slope behind the Long Man is the South Downs and they can be that steep. We have climbed the slope you can see on mountain bikes but by traversing the slope and a Dog leg back to the top. That is hard and not one I like to do too often but as it is there- I have done it (But never again).
And the Wilmington that the long Man derives from is the village at the base of the hill. Very "Quaint" except this is the only road that also serves all the tourist's out sight seeing all day long. And the road does slope upwards through the village at around 5% till you get to the end where even with a triple- I run out of gears.
Gevad has it right--I only live here. Cornwall is at the west of the country so altered post so I do not look like the ignaramous I am.