Found on foot

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - News -

Near to where Garston and the dragon met their end, there’s a lo­ca­tion that will def­i­nitely end up in my film, as it has done in sev­eral oth­ers. St Cather­ine’s church in Hoar­withy is a gem. Beaut­ful and Ital­ianate, its campanile would do jus­tice to Florence. had to pay for in­tro­duc­ing the dragon to the vil­lage was to kill the fi­first thing he saw once the dragon had been slain or face a curse on his fam­ily for nine gen­er­a­tions. He slew the dragon at which his fa­ther dashed out to con­grat­u­late him. Lambton couldn’t kill his fa­ther, and so for those nine gen­er­a­tions, the fam­ily was cursed. If you want to re­live the whole sorry episode, the Na­tional Trust has an easy, short walk that takes in sev­eral of the sto­ries’ lo­ca­tions and is just ripe for fun fam­ily re-en­act­ments.

I’ve only space for two of the hun­dreds of dragon sto­ries here, but I like them all. They re­mind me of what I like to think of as the Old Weird Eng­land; where the par­son and the pas­tor have only a very thin hold over us, and there are baby drag­ons in the woods, and curses are real.

In Mordi­ford, as we walked along the ‘ser­pents path’ as it’s still known through Hauge Wood where much of this tale is said to have oc­curred, I out­lined to my friends my pro­jected mod­ern Bri­tish hor­ror movie based on the event. In this, we get a whole back story about Garston, an in­no­cent man wrongly con­victed in my ver­sion and a twist end­ing where we see a baby wyvern hatch­ing from an egg in Maud’s hand. MARCH 2017

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