Halloween is just around the corner, and there are plenty of places around the UK that are reputedly haunted by ghosts and ghouls. An organised ghost tour is always good fun at this time of year and keeps the kids on their best behaviour, but few are brave enough to venture into the wild at night and apparently with very good reason. We take a look at some of the spaces around the UK most likely to send a chill through your spine.
Just south Pluckley, said to be the most haunted village in Britain, Dering Woods are rumoured to be haunted by a highwayman who was captured and killed by villagers, as well as a man who fell to his death. Legend has it that at night, blood curdling screams can be heard coming from the forest.
Culloden Moor is the site of a bloody battle during which the Jacobite rebellion was silenced forever. It seems, however, that the dead do not rest quietly. On the anniversary of the battle, the land supposedly echoes with the anguished cries of the vanquished legions.
Notorious for its link with Dick Turpin and alleged to be the burial site for murder victims, Epping Forest has a reputation as a haunted spot. It’s said that if you park a car on Hangman’s Hill, it will roll up instead of down, and that it is the hangman pulling you up.
Pembrey Woods are the chosen grounds for many a roaming ghost, most notably the ‘little hatchet men of Pembrey’, men who lured ships to the rocky coastline then slaughtered the sailors and robbed the wrecks. Sightings of both the little hatchet men and the dead sailors have been reported.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Gardeners at the Lost Gardens of Heligan have reported feeling uneasy in some of its areas, including the rockery and fruit store. There are tales of employees becoming enveloped in a ‘black mood’ and one gardener refused to lock up alone at night.