5 Supernatural hikes to enjoy this Halloween!

It's time for our yearly round up of spooky places to visit and have a little ramble! Following on is a list of the 5 best places we have been, why they're spooky and what you can expect to experience... Happy Halloween. 

1. Burley - Witches 
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Burley is a sleepy village nestled in the heart of The New Forest National park, when you first arrive in the village you're greeted by wild animals, and lots of witch imagery.
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The dense thick woodland of The New Forest National Park provides the perfect spooky backdrop for a scary themed day out in Burley.
2. Pendle Hill, Lancashire
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       Pendle Hill is famous for the cruel witch trials that took the lives of ten people in 1612. Ever since the hill has been associated with a full range of supernatural events, including the ghost of a young girl, thought to be nine-year old Jennet Preston, a victim of the witch trials.

If you want to take in the witchy atmosphere for yourself,  the route to the top is simple, if steep. Starting from the quaint but equally spooky village of Barley, the path shoots straight to the summit. From the trig point you can take in the expanse of Lancashire countryside and try to avoid ghostly Jennet’s attentions, before making your way back to Barley through the aptly named Fell Wood.


We suggest starting from the Pendle Hill Lay-By car park (And going via the cauldron for some snacks) 
Pendle Hill, Nelson BB9 6LG

3. Pluckley and Dering woods, Kent
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      Pluckley is widely regarded as Britain’s most haunted village. The small Kentish village is home to more than a dozen ghosts, including numerous Ladies, both Red and White, a phantom coach and horses, an 18th Century highwayman and several shades seen hanging (quite literally) around town.
The most frightening apparition may well be the shadowy outline seen in the doorway of the Old Windmill. Widely thought to be the remnant of the Miller, Richard ‘Dicky’ Buss, the shadow appears most frequently before thunderstorms.
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The nearby Dering Woods is a particularly troublesome spot. Wanderers there report the shadows, whispers and cries of those who lost their way in the "screaming woods." For those who are brave enough, the woods offer a pair of waymarked paths and plenty of wildlife to see amongst the spooks.
The St, Pluckley, Ashford TN27 0QS

4. Rendlesham forest, Norfolk
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       The Rendlesham Forest incident was a series of reported sightings of unexplained lights near Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk, England in late December of 1980 which became linked with claims of UFO landings. The events occurred just outside RAF Woodbridge, which was used at the time by the United States Air Force (USAF). USAF personnel, including deputy base commander Lieutenant Colonel Charles I. Halt, claimed to see things they described as a UFO sighting.
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The UK Ministry of Defence has stated the event posed no threat to national security, and therefore, it was never investigated as a security matter. Sceptics have explained the sightings as a misinterpretation of a series of nocturnal lights: a fireball, the Orfordness Lighthouse and bright stars.
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Around 03:00 on 26 December 1980 (reported as 27 December by Halt in his memo to the UK Ministry of Defence) a security patrol near the east gate of RAF Woodbridge saw lights apparently descending into nearby Rendlesham Forest. These lights have been attributed by astronomers to a piece of natural debris seen burning up as a fireball over southern England at that time.
Servicemen initially thought it was a downed aircraft but, upon entering the forest to investigate they saw, according to Halt's memo, what they described as a glowing object, metallic in appearance, with coloured lights. As they attempted to approach the object, it appeared to move through the trees, and "the animals on a nearby farm went into a frenzy". One of the servicemen, Sergeant Jim Penniston, later claimed to have encountered a "craft of unknown origin" while in the forest, although there was no publicised mention of this at the time and there is no corroboration from other witnesses.
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Shortly after 04:00 local police were called to the scene but reported that the only lights they could see were those from the Orford Ness lighthouse, some miles away on the coast.
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After daybreak on the morning of 26 December, servicemen returned to a small clearing near the eastern edge of the forest and found three small impressions on the ground in a triangular pattern, as well as burn marks and broken branches on nearby trees. At 10:30 the local police were called out again, this time to see the impressions, which they thought could have been made by an animal.
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   The Forestry commission have created an entire trail dedicated to the goings on. This trail will stimulate your imagination, taking you through forest, heathland and wetlands and some of the areas connected to the UFO sighting in December 1980.
Rendlesham Forest, Tangham, Woodbridge, IP12 3NF
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5. Ben Macdui, Cairngorms. 
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      The second highest mountain in Britain, Ben Macdui is a daunting enough prospect without the threat of meeting a ten-foot-tall spectre on your ascent. Yet since 1891 climbers have reported encounters with just such a creature, known locally as Am Fear Liath Mòr, or The Grey Man.
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Hikers describe the sound of footsteps crunching behind them as they head higher into the perpetual mist. Others recount a feeling of apprehension, of being watched, or of hearing a thin, high note being sung.
Those who have seen The Grey Man say it looms up out of the mist directly in front of them, as if to bar their route to the summit. Scientist claim that this can be explained as a reflection of the hiker on the water vapour. But alone, high in the epic mountain landscape, would you have the courage to carry on?
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    If pursuing ghostly giants is your idea of a great Halloween weekend, then Ben Macdui is best approached from the Ski Centre, where numerous routes begin. The views are some of the most unspoiled in Scotland and you may be lucky enough to see golden eagles soaring on the breeze. Remember though, this is never an area to hike in casually, giant ghost or not. Make sure you are prepared for the elements.
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57.0704° N, 3.6691° W
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This was the first in a new monthly series detailing weird and wonderful hikes, sites and rambles across the UK! Please Join our newsletter for post updates and give us a share - Not The Safe Route.