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Google Maps tells you travel time by Loch Ness monster

Google adds more UK public transit routes to Maps and throws in some Easter eggs. Want to get there by horse and carriage? Or, perhaps, dragon?

Dragons are swift. Google Maps screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

They do like a laugh at Google. Well, very occasionally.

There was joy, then, for British Google Mappers who suddenly found that some celebrated routes across the United Kingdom offered not merely travel times by driving, cycling, or walking, but by dragon. Or punt. Or Loch Ness monster.

Dragons, it seems, are quite quick. It would take them, Google calculates, just 21 minutes to get from Snowdon to Brecon Beacons.

This compares very favorably with a walking human, who would take 39 hours.

This, as the UK's Metro reports, is just one of several Easter eggs offered by Googlie engineers to coincide with the addition of new UK public transport routes on the map.

Should you wish, for some reason, to go from Urquhart Castle to Fort Augusta in Scotland, Google will tell you that the Loch Ness monster would manage it in 25 minutes.

A ride in a punt (oh, come on, you've seen enough English movies like "Chariots of Fire" to know what a punt is) would take 45 minutes between Cambridge's Queen's College and Magdalen College. (Drunken punting is faster.)

And then there's the royal carriage ride between Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Those currently vying for the hand of Prince Harry (the real or the fake one) might like to know that it would take 1 hour and 18 minutes. A blissful experience that would surely be.

Though many who adore science fiction are convinced that dragons once roamed, I feel sure that the Loch Ness monster is a figment of too many imaginations.

This despite its alleged appearance on Apple Maps earlier this year.

Nessie is quick. Google Maps screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET