Serving the communities of Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet
Home of the Bures Dragon


The Bures Dragon:


The hillside outline of the legendary Bures Dragon was created as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

This hillside depiction was made by Sir Richard's distant kinsman Bures farmer Geoffrey Probert with assistance from his family & local helpers. The dragon may be seen from the Cuckoo Hill to Clickett bridle path on the east side of Bures - often with sheep grazing on the field unaware of the danger they are in!

Please note: The Dragon is in 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. Continue through farm keeping to concrete road, past "Treesave" renovation works (right side) and follow gravel drive. At the bottom of drive turn right for the Chapel.

Sat Nav: CO8 5LD

The best observation point is to the east 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
The dragon is outlined in Chalk, but after a few years, this will be eroded by the rain and not so clearly visible (see photo 2018)
The dragon measures 75m x 95m with 100 tons of chalk around its circumference

Chalk with the dragon outline approximately 12 inches wide

Dragon Nose

Dragon lower jaw

Dragon 2015

Dragon 2015

Dragon 2016

The best view from behind St Stephens Chapel, taken June 2017

May 2018, the outline fading with the chalk erosion
due to the early spring wet weather

Plaque located at the viewing site, south of the Chapel
Here you have the opportunity to sign the Visitors Book

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 18/05/2019