A Staffordshire beauty spot associated with werewolf legends has been named the UK’s most haunted place.
A new list of the country’s spookiest outdoor spaces has been made – and Cannock Chase topped the list, with myths of half-man, half-wolf creatures at the top among the reasons.
The Woods made headlines earlier this year when a number of spooky dolls were discovered nailed to its trees.
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The Wildlife and Woodland Paradise is a scenic place to hike, with breathtaking scenery and great hiking trails.
However, according to GardeningExpress.co.uk’s list to mark Halloween prep, it also has a dark side to it.
A company spokesperson said, “With Halloween right around the corner, we’ve researched and revealed some of the scariest outdoor spaces in the country.
“These are places steeped in history, myths and legends, from cursed trees to vampires and werewolves. The entirety of a certain village has gained a creepy reputation over the years, and while you might assume that every cemetery could be haunted to some extent, there is one in particular that trumps the rest.
The UK’s spookiest outdoor spaces
1. Cannock Chase, West Midlands
Cannock Chase is a large, densely forested area that has become one of the UK’s most active paranormal hotspots.
Most famous, he is known for his “werewolf” sightings and, according to myths, the monster lurks on the outskirts of Stafford.
There have been numerous reports of people living in the area who say they saw what they claim to be a “hairy wolf-type creature” walking on its hind legs around the German War Cemetery, just off Camp Road, between Stafford and Cannock.
Several witnesses say the creature jumped up on its hind legs and ran into nearby bushes when it was spotted.
2. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall
The reported hauntings terrified Heligan staff members for many years, with one gardener refusing to lock the garden himself at night.
A link is often made between the “atmosphere” in Heligan and the number of employees who were lost during the First World War.
The most haunted areas are the rock garden, the melon garden and the fruit store, where some gardeners prefer to work in pairs.
3. Green Park, London
A great place to spend a lazy afternoon in the sun, but the whole park is not so welcoming.
Legend has it that there is a sinister “tree of death” within the compound which should be avoided at all costs.
It is said that anyone who falls asleep in the shade of the branches of the tree never wakes up again.
The tree has only been identified in the past by claims of a black figure that was spotted under the tree, park rangers said they heard a man’s voice in the vicinity and moans were heard. been heard coming from the tree.
4.Queen’s Park, Glasgow
The 150-acre park is located on the south side of town and is the site of the Battle of Langside in 1568, which is said to have marked the start of the Marian Civil War.
Hundreds of the 10,000 men who fought there died – and ghosts of dead soldiers are now said to be spotted near the boating lake on the anniversary of the battle on May 13.
5. Rowton Moor, Chester
The Battle of Rowton Moor took place here during the English Civil War in 1645 and it seems to have left its mark on the earth.
It was one of the bloodiest battles in the conflict, with large numbers of English soldiers brutally killed here.
The area is now said to be haunted by ghosts of men on horseback which, according to legend, appear every year around September 24.
6. Berry Pomeroy, Devon
No one really knows what happened to the castle of Berry Pomeroy, because all that remains is the shell of an old building.
Other than a cafe, it’s horribly empty. Apparently, a “Blue Lady” is known to attract passers-by, only for them to fall to their deaths.
There are also myths about a “White Lady” who haunts the dungeons after being imprisoned there.
7. Pluckley Village, Kent
The whole village of Pluckley has a reputation for being one of Britain’s most haunted – and it was named precisely by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989.
Between 12 and 16 ghosts have been sighted in the village, including a screaming man, a highwayman who appears in “Fright Corner”, a schoolmaster found hanged by a group of children and an old woman who was smoking. on a bridge.
8. Highgate Cemetery, London
In a letter to the Hampstead and Highgate Express in 1970, a vampire sighting was reported by a bystander who noticed it while walking past the graveyard.
He said he saw “a gray figure” and asked if others had seen anything similar. Several people responded by describing a variety of ghosts believed to haunt the graveyard or the adjacent Swains Lane.
The ghosts have been described as a tall man in a hat, a spectral cyclist, a woman in white, a face shining through the bars of a door, a figure wading through a pond, a pale form, bells ringing and voices shouting.