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- Feb 1, 2010
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Dalby is mostly Forestry Commission though. All deliberately planted conifers. I think, for your proper haunted woodland you need mixed beech birch and scrubland, with patches of old oak. Dalby is a bit manufactured.Nowt wrong wi' Dalby Forest, eh? No Black Dog?
What about that Barry Prudom, known as The Phantom of The Forest? Killer of three who went on the run in Dalby Forest.
Surely, he might be haunting it somewhere?
I like popping over there, and the dog loves it, but I've never found it very atmospheric. Too many nutters in lycra cycling about all over the place. I've even been there at night (used to have friends who lived in the village there) and not found it filled with anything spooky.'S still trees though.
Lots of trees!
Me, t'wife and our dogs love the place. We know the people who're running the cafe at the visitors centre.
The only (slightly) weird stuff thing that I could find online, it something called the 'fairy chapel.' So I guess the question is - why was it named the fairy chapel? Might be worth chasing up.I'm collecting accounts of weird stuff experienced in Healey Dell. Anyone want to contribute just message me here! Ta.
" I will have to add my experience of visiting the Conygar tower in Dunster in the 1990's to the forum."
I hinted at this following experience briefly in the big cat thread a while ago but due to a number of reasons including a recent health scare I did not get around to writing about the visit my family made to the Conygar tower in the woods of Dunster....
Well here it is. I have always felt a little awkward about talking about this experience as my family all felt rather uncomfortable when it happened.
On our annual summer holidays to North Devon and Somerset we always looked in interest at the tower poking out from the woods near Dunster Castle. I would often ask my Dad what the tower was for as we passed by on the West Somerset Railway steam hauled trains or along the main road through Dunster. My Dad didn't know what it was but he did say that one day we would go and investigate it.
On the day that we decided to explore Dunster in the early 1990's it was a gloomy August day. We eventually found a way up to the Tower through the surrounding woods. There was a wooden fence around the tower but a section of it was pushed down with a well worn path going over the section of fence lying on the ground. My Dad led the way to the centre of the imposing tower which was hollow. While we stood inside the tower all was quiet and we enjoyed this moment of calm. Then shortly afterwards we could hear a number of different sounds in the distance; Gunshots and what sounded like metal clanging and scraping together and men shouting.
"What the hell is that?" I asked. "Must be a shoot on somewhere" my Dad replied. "I think we should be going now" my Mum added looking rather worried. "We shouldn't be up here" she said as she walked off in a hurry with my sister. My Dad and I followed swiftly behind. Later, on the journey back to our B & B I said to my Dad it sounded like we had heard a battle in full swing. He said that perhaps there was a battle re-enactment going on at Dunster Castle. We looked into this but couldn't find any information about any events on at the time of our visit.
Some time later I found a report about an incident that occurred in the 1950's when people visiting the tower heard the sound of marching and they also left in a hurry. This didn't make me feel any better about the experience my family had at the Conygar tower!
Has anyone else had any unusual experiences in Dunster I wonder?
"Once the word got around the area, though, and people realised that I was collecting the stories so that they would not be lost, I was very pleased by the amount of people who came forward to share their personal experiences and the stories they had heard.”
Nina, who owns Scandi-British lifestyle shop Dunster Living, said: “When contemplating writing a book, it was clear from the start that I did not wish it to be a traditional travel guide, but something with an interesting twist.”
Finnish-born Nina, who achieved minor honours in comparative religions and cultural history, as well as a masters degree in English, decided to approach the topic by incorporating historical facts with centuries-old British superstitions and present-day stories of local ‘otherworldly’ encounters.
She said: “The book is written with a dual purpose in mind, It can be read as a collection of fascinating stories, or used as a walking guide to Dunster".
No Wistmans woods, Dartmoor.Britain's most haunted woods.
Who was/is the shrine to/for?I am not spooked easily,but as a kid the hair on the back of my neck would crinkle when walking into this strip of woodland even in the daylight.It’s dark and foreboding,locals call it dead man’s valley.There was a small shrine nailed on the rock face wall inside the woods,had been there many years,I was young when I left the area,I always had a feeling someone was watching me in there.View attachment 69770
I was a kid when I left the area,I just remember that strip of woods was called dead man’s valley as people had died in there,the shrine was an old small thing fixed on a rock face in the woods,I would like to think it is still there and not vandalised,I never feel creeped out at all,I even went to Isla del fuego (Siquijor) and went to Larena cemetery at midnight to see the Puti babae (white lady)alone,didn’t feel nervous but even now thinking of dead man’s valley I remember the unease.Who was/is the shrine to/for?
That’s quite a small stretch of woods for people to die in - must’ve been murder or suicide..I was a kid when I left the area,I just remember that strip of woods was called dead man’s valley as people had died in there,the shrine was an old small thing fixed on a rock face in the woods,I would like to think it is still there and not vandalised,I never feel creeped out at all,I even went to Isla del fuego (Siquijor) and went to Larena cemetery at midnight to see the Puti babae (white lady)alone,didn’t feel nervous but even now thinking of dead man’s valley I remember the unease.