the outline of a white giant man carved in the side of the hill with two sticks surrounded by green countryside

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The mysterious guardian of the South Downs has baffled historians and archaeologists for years. It is signposted from the A27, between Eastbourne and Polegate and located south of the village of Wilmington.

Fertility symbol? Ancient Warrior? Early 18th century folly? We may never know. Until such time as new evidence is unearthed, we shall have to content ourselves with the words of the Rev A.A Evans who said “The Giant keeps his secret and from his hillside flings out a perpetual challenge.”

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Map & Directions

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The Long Man of Wilmington is situated 6 miles north-west of Eastbourne (OS 199 TQ543034). It is signposted from the A27, 2 miles west of the junction with the A22 at Polegate and 10 miles east of Lewes and located south of the village of Wilmington. Buses serve the A27, and British Rail stations served direct from Eastbourne, Lewes, Hastings and London are at Berwick (3 miles) and Polegate (2.5 miles). Please check local timetables for details.Accessible by Public Transport: Polegate station is 2 miles away.

Long Man of Wilmington

Type:Historic Site

Wilmington, Wilmington, EAST SUSSEX, BN26 5SW

Tel: 01273 486260

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