Summits can be lonely places, especially in poor weather when less people venture out, yet people have been walking over them for thousands of years. From the Romans, Scottish Clans, and shepherds of past times, to soldiers, miners and hikers; the foot fall on the Hills of Great Britain is immense. Not to mention the tragic stories of folk who have lost their lives on the mountains in accidents, airplane crashes, and those whose final resting place has been on the summits themselves. It’s not surprising that there are many ghost stories and sightings associated with these hills.
|Mountains can be quite spooky!|
Ben Macdhui is the highest peak in the incredible Cairngorms and the second highest peak in Scotland. It is also home to the legendary 'Fear Liath Mor', the Big Grey Man, a fearsome entity known to stalk anyone who would dare enter their territory, scaring even the most brave and experienced mountaineers. First experienced in 1891, where crunching footsteps followed climber Professor Norman Collie, there have been numerous accounts since of strange sightings of a large grey man followed by unexplained feeling of sheer terror. There have been many reports of ghostly laughter, strange phenomenons and eerie sightings connected to this mountain that asks the question, is this the most haunted peak in the UK?
Colin Adams has written guidebooks to the Welsh hills, of which he has spent most of his life exploring, both during his time in the Army and at leisure. It was on one of these welsh peaks that he had his first strange experience, which continued overtime as he regularly returned to Creigiau Gleision.
Over a good number of years, and many ascents of this peak, he would hear someone speak to him but could never see the person at the summit. The first time the voice spoke in welsh, but on many occasion afterwards it was in English with a Gwynedd accent, often asking him how he was, and how good it was to see him again. Though it didn't always speak to him, and would never answer questions that Colin asked, the voice could often be heard on the lonely peak.
The Rhinogydd Mountain Range
The Rhinogydd Range features two main peaks, Rhinog Fawr & Rhinog Fach, which lay amongst a vast wilderness in Wales. A popular route begins at a mediaeval packhorse trail known as the Roman Steps. Though they are not actually Roman themselves there has been many accounts of seeing and hearing a ghostly troupe of Roman Soldiers with mules climbing up the steps. Legend has it that anyone who follows these soldiers will be led to a secret stash of gold! Though no one can verify this as true (unless they have kept the treasure find to themselves), keep your eye out for them next time you are in the area!
Souther Fell: The Site of the Ghost Army
Souther Fell is found between Keswick and Penrith in the Lake District. Though a beautiful, easy going hill, it has a chilling history associated to it. Many times throughout the mid-1700s a ghost army was seen along the ridge, each occasion taking place on Midsummer’s eve. Many of those who retold the tale were not to be believed until 26 (sober) people gathered on the peak on Midsummer’s eve of 1975. Here they saw the ghostly troops on horseback, making their way up the fell only to be seen riding over the cliff. When they returned the next day they could see no physical evidence of the army and it is believed they were ghosts of those who had fled the battle of Culloden, who then launched themselves off the cliff.
|Ghostly Dog....... ;)|
Hills shrouded with myths, legends and folklore, it’s easy to let your imagination run away with you. That feeling of been watched, followed by the sound of a woman screaming, only to turn quickly around and see the creepiest looking site….a chamois or mountain goat! (If you have ever seen and heard a mountain goat I am sure you will agree, they have a creepy looking stare and a vocal that can make your hair stand on end).
So next time you are out on the hills and you see or hear something strange ask yourself this – is it the weather, the fact that you are weary, tired or alone......or is there something else out there!
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Happy Halloween Everyone!