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The Bures Dragon:

 

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

Please note: The Dragon is on private land, by all means view from the footpaths but do not enter the site

Location:-Ordnance Survey map reference TL925343
Walks: 1.5 miles from village
Conditions: Road and farm track access
Managed 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

Sat Nav: CO8 5LD

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.


Chalk with the dragon outline approximately 12 inches wide

Dragon Nose

Dragon lower jaw


Dragon 2015

Dragon 2016

May 2018, the outline fading with the chalk erosion
and weed infestation

March 2019, Dragon with renewed outline

Dragon seen from St Stephens Chapel

November 2017, the Bures Dragon was listed in the "Atlas Obscura", This is a New York publication and its mission is "to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share"
Link:- Atlas Obscura

Photos by Alan Beales
updated 05/05/2019