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Nervous Rambler
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Hello

I hope somebody here can help me.

I'm a journalist based in the east midlands and I've been asked by an outdoors magazine to write an article about walks through haunted regions, mysterious places and sites of paranormal significance.

I say "asked by the magazine", in fact I came up with the idea and the editor said "yes". I like pitching stories that are a bit different.

So, the idea is that I try to find a rural walk of up to six miles that takes in one or more of the following: haunted forests, hills or valleys, deserted villages, ley lines, UFO sightings, sites of grisly deaths or unexplained phenomena.

I will choose a walk to take at dusk, taking night time and infrared photographs. The feature will also include descriptions of the other walks, with location maps.

The whole idea of this is a different take on a walk in the country; rambling with spice. I am not doing this to mock people or ridicule their beliefs. I should say that I am a sceptic, but also anticipate feeling quite thrilled by the experience.

Please feel free to pass this message on to whoever you think might be able to help me. Post replies here or email me direct: ghostwalk@gmx.com

Martyn

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Ian Topham
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Hi Martyn, welcome to the

Hi Martyn, welcome to the website.  I think your idea is a good one and in fact we have been discussing the possibility of producing little county guides with small tours in for a while.  Our gazateer should be able to give you plenty of potential ideas.

Saddleworth in Oldham/Greater Manchester has quiet a few sites in close proximity.  We also cover North Yorkshire. Cornwall and Cumbria quite extensively, so they could have some potential.

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Thanks!

Hello Ian. Good to hear from you.

Anybody know anything about the deserted medieval village at Wharram Percy in Yorkshire?

That looks promising but I'd prefer one or two other "attractions" close by.

Martyn

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One more thing...

I have been offered lots of help from the commercial ghost-hunt community, for which I am very grateful. But the point of the article is to walk somewhere for free, without the showbiz or the guide. They look lots of fun, but this is something a bit different.

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I'll see what I dig up about

I'll see what I dig up about Wharram Percy.  There are many potential locations throughout the British Isles that woud be suitable for walks, but the stories or evidence for many of them can be classed as little more than folklore......though still great to visit.  Some locations are of course private property, though I dare say you could include some that are tourist attractions into your walk and give the walkers themslves the choice whether to pay to enter or walk on by.

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The Cornwall Coast would be

The Cornwall Coast would be a good start point especially the Southern tip, which is full of sites, also Dartmoor which is packed full of traditions/folklore, sites and is a popular walking location anyway. Then you could move on to Islands where sites are closer packed: The Isle of Wight, Arran, Orkney etc. Loads of possibilities there if you can travel.

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You might want to consider

You might want to consider Derbyshire/Peak District, maybe around Castleton.  I think there are  a few haunted pubs in Castleton we have not got around to writing about yet.



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