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Nine Stones Circle

Nine Stones Circle

This small stone circle is set enchantingly by the busy A35, although it is still worth a visit on the round trip from Maiden Castle, which is to the West along the same road.

Directions:
Off the A35 to the West of Winterbourne Abbas.

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Badbury Rings

Badbury Rings Hillfort

This concentric ring hillfort dates from the Iron Age, and according to archaeologists was built to stem an invasion from the Northeast of the country. Read More »

The Cerne Abbas Giant

Cerne Abbas Illustration

The Cerne Abbas Giant or the 'Rude Man' is one of the largest hillfigures in Britain, he (the figure's gender is beyond doubt) is one of two representations of the human form, the other being the Long Man of Wilmington in East Sussex. The giant, carved in solid lines from the chalk bedrock measures in at 180 feet high, and carries a huge knobbled club, which measures 120 feet in length. Read More »

Berry Pomeroy Castle

Berry Pomeroy Castle Gatehouse

The castle, now a romantic ruin, is reputed to be one of the most haunted in the British Isles. It has numerous legends associated with it, and although now only a shell of its former glory, it retains an air of its troubled history.

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The Wild Hunt, A Tale From Devon

This particularly sinister folktale of the wild hunt is from Devon, and is based in the Dartmoor area, a place full of tales of the supernatural, especially the wild hunt.

One wild stormy night a farmer was returning home from Widecombe, somewhat worse the wear from the strong local beverages brewed on-site. Read More »

Kitty's Steps, Lydford Gorge

The pool is haunted by the spirit of a woman who wears a red head-dress. The pool was probably venerated in ancient times.

Lapford

The village is said to be haunted by the spirit of the Vicar John Radford, who murdered his curate but was not punished for the crime. When he died his body was not buried in consecrated ground and his spirit is still said to wander around the village.

Directions:
Off the A377.

Exeter Cathedral

There have been several ghostly sightings at Exeter Cathedral, a phantom nun was seen near the South wall of the nave, she disappeared through a wall.

The cloisters are also said to be frequented by phantom monks.

Lew House, Lewtrenchard

Lew House (now a luxury Hotel) is said to be haunted by a white lady, a ghost of a widow of one of the Squires of Lewtrenchard.

Directions:
On the old A30, between Okehampton and Launceston.

The Lyme Regis Black Dog

Black Dogs

This old story provides an explanation for the naming of the Black Dog Inn near Uplyme in Devon. The black dog seems to be a spirit guardian of treasure. Read More »

The Old Black Dog, Uplyme

The Old Black Dog Inn has a curious story as to how it acquired its name. A local man who lived in a farm house that once formed part of a mansion destroyed in the civil war, found his house haunted by a black dog. The dog manifested by the hearth almost every night. Consider the article, The Lyme Regis Black Dog. Read More »

Wistmans Wood, Dartmoor

This strange and twisted woodland is thought to be one of the few remnants of ancient woodland dating from prehistoric times. The woodland broods with the feeling of enchantment and visiting the wood is like a walk in the otherworld. Read More »

The Hairy Hands

The B3212 near Two Bridges has been the scene for one of the most frightening hauntings in Dartmoor, that of the phantom hairy hands, which try to push people of the road. Read More »

Brixham UFO (1967)

On the 28th of April 1967 a flying saucer (UFO) was seen over the town by numerous witnesses. The object was first spotted by the coast guard (somebody used to observing) at Berry Head around midday.

The object hovered over the town at around 1600 feet for an hour. The UFO is said to have resembled a huge dome, eventually the UFO ascended rapidly and disappeared out of sight. Read More »

The Devil's Stone, Shebbear

The stone that lies in the village square to the East of the church is turned every year on November the 5th by local people. The stone is made from a type of quartz not found in the area, measures about six feet by four feet and weighs about a ton. Read More »

Grimspound Bronze Age Settlement

Grimspound is a late Bronze Age settlement enclosed by a huge stone wall. The inhabitants were probably cattle farmers and the hut circles are the remains of their homes and pens for the cattle. It is not clear if the outer wall was for defence purposes or to keep the cattle enclosed. Read More »

Spinsters Rock

Spinsters Rock is a burial cairn dating to the early Bronze Age. The structure was re-erected in the 1862 after collapsing earlier in the year.

According to folklore the rocks where erected by a group of three spinsters who where on a journey to deliver some wool. Obviously these three women where seen as giants having the strength to carry such a heavy burden. Read More »

The Devil's Stone Inn, Shebbear

Named after the local Devil's Stone, this Inn is supposed to be haunted by a young girl aged around seven years. In 1982 a student staying at the pub saw her in his bedroom with accompanied by a grey bearded man. A young boy staying visiting the Inn also came across her in the upstairs toilet. Read More »

The Black Down Hills

The Black Downs have a long tradition as a haunt of the fairies, and stories tell of many sightings as recently as a few hundred years ago, when many country folk believed we shared this land with supernatural denizens. Read More »

The Devil's Footprints

Devil's Footprints

The mysterious footprints, which appeared overnight in heavy snowfall in Southern Devon in 1855, have never been adequately explained. According to contemporary reports, they stretched for over a hundred miles, and went through solid walls and haystacks, appearing on the other side as though there was no barrier. Read More »

Moigne Down UFO (1967)

On 26 October 1967 at about 11.25 am, J.B.W. Brooks was walking his two dogs, an Alsatian and a Dalmatian, along the Moigne Down near Holworth during a force eight gale. He took shelter by lying down on his back in a hollow in the ground. Read More »

Kinder Downfall and Mermaids Pool

Kinder Downfall is the highest waterfall in the county, formed where the river Kinder meets the edge of the moorland plateaux. Far below the downfall, the dark waters of Mermaids Pool are reputedly haunted by a water spirit who manifests on the Eve of Easter, perhaps relating to a time of ancient worship in the area. Read More »

Ladybower Reservoir

Lancaster Bomber 1

Ladybower Reservoir served as a testing ground for bombers during the Second World War, and the area is littered with the broken remains of aircraft, which have crashed over the years. According to sightings some of these flights may be subject to ghostly re-runs. Read More »

Winnats Pass

This impressive limestone gorge is said to be haunted by a young couple called Clara and Henry who were murdered whilst eloping.

The pair were ambushed one night in 1758, robbed and killed, their bodies were found years later buried near a barn. Their remains were re-interred in Castleton churchyard. Read More »

Peak Cavern

Known charmingly as the Devil's Arse in past centuries, the cavern has long been seen as an entrance to the otherworld.

Legend tells how during the one winter during the Middle Ages, a swineherd lost one of his sows. Read More »



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