In the 19th century,
a famous Cumbrian called Will Ritson (1808 - 1890) was a popular
publican who lived at the head of the Wasdale Valley in the English
In this remote but beautiful valley, Will always kept his customers
enthralled with stories of the folk heritage of this delightful
area. The valley was already famous for having England's deepest
lake, Wastwater; the highest mountain, Scafell Pike; the smallest
church, Wasdale Head Church, and Will Ritson achieved it's fourth
superlative when he became ' The World's Biggest Liar'.
Of course, Will was a sincere and genuine man, who insisted that
all his tales were true: He kept foxhounds, and on one occasion
mated a foxhound bitch with a golden eagle. The result was that
the foxhound pups had eagle wings, and were able to leap over
the Lake District's dry stone walls more easily. Since that time
there has been little trouble with foxes in the Wasdale Valley.