In days of old when hare coursing and hunting were a popular sport, the men of the area around Easington were constantly taunted by an animal which seemed forever beyond their grasp, namely, the legendary Easington Hare.
One day, when they were out hunting, they fell upon the troublesome creature in Castle Eden Dene, a couple of miles to the south of the village. Setting off in pursuit with their bloodhounds leading the way, the men chased the hare across the fields until they reached Easington village. Here, however, the beast gave them the slip once more, squeezing through a hole in the wall of a cottage – but not before one of the dogs had briefly grabbed its rear leg.
Hastening indoors, the hunting party found nothing within the building save for an old women nervously tending her injured leg. The secret of the mysterious hare’s seemingly supernatural powers had been uncovered! The men turned and left the woman and her home, and never again were they troubled by the pesky creature.