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.
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.”