Remembering when a ‘mysterious’ figure appeared on a hillside in Somerset

Somerset has no shortage of quirky settlements and random celebrity visits.

Just over a year ago, local Cheddar residents got a real surprise when a “mysterious” figure appeared on a hill in the Mendip Hills.

To this day, it is unknown who created the outline of the monster at the edge of the steep embankment.

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Grass-cut hill figures are a popular phenomenon throughout England.

Locals believed the figure resembled Fenrir, a giant wolf in Norse mythology, or a wingless wyvern, a legendary dragon usually depicted with an arrow-like tail.

The figure appeared on the Mendip Hills near Cheddar

However, there were also people commenting on social media suggesting the monster appeared before Somerset Day, somewhat to recreate the dragon on the county flag.

Ultimately, a Cheddar Parish Council spokesperson confirmed that the white outline was an advertisement.

They said, “The figure is an advertisement for a video game.”

Nick Dunnington, a commercial pilot with local ballooning company First Flight, saw the hillside silhouette as he flew on a balloon from Chew Valley Lake to Cheddar on Saturday (May 1, 2021) and from Langford to Cheddar on Sunday (May 2, 2021).

He said: ‘We spotted the ‘creature’ as we were flying towards Cheddar Gorge near Tynings Farm. It really took the passengers by surprise.

“We normally notice a lot of wildlife on our flights, such as wild deer and goats, but this was something unusual.”

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