The hillside outline
of the legendary Bures Dragon was created as part of the 2012, Queen's
Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
So why a dragon in
Bures? It relates to a local legend that, in the Middle Ages, the
servants of local knight, Sir Richard Waldegrave ( a distant relative
of Geoffrey Probert) , encountered a dragon on his land but when
they tried to kill it with arrows, 'they sprang forth from its ribs
as if they were metal or hard stone'
Geoffrey Probert with assistance of Dennis Ambrose, Adam Norton
and David Cowlin, decided to bring to life the legendary Dragon
- often with sheep grazing on the field unaware of the mortal danger
they are in !
It can be seen along the Cuckoo Hill to Clickett bridle path on
the east side of Bures
Alternatively visit the View Point at St Stephens Chapel
note: The Dragon is on private land, by all means view from the
footpaths but do not enter the site
Survey map reference TL925343
Walks: 1.5 miles from
Conditions: Road and
farm track access
by:- Geoffrey Probert. Great Bevills, Bures
How to get there:-
By Road: Take the Assington
Rd (Cuckoo Hill) out of Bures. At the top of Cuckoo Hill enter
Fysh House Farm.
Park in the designated area to your left and then proceed by
foot to the Chapel and Dragon
The best observation point
is to the South of St
Stephens Chapel, where you can look across the valley
to view the beast.
Walk to the Chapel and take the footpath around to the rear
to the Viewpoint
The Dragon was constructed
using 100 tons of chalk, measuring 75m x 95m with the perimeter
extending to nearly half a mile.