Creepy Cornwall: Haunted tales from around The Duchy
Ghosts, mysterious paranormal activity and an infamous beast that roams around the moors…Cornwall’s wild, rugged landscape has long been steeped in mysterious tales of pirates, smugglers, magic and ghostly goings on!
Here’s our pick of the best spine-tingling haunted tales from around The Duchy – which ones do you believe?
Nevermind Cornwall, The Jamaica Inn is said to be one of the most haunted places in Britain. For years, there have been stories of paranormal activity at the old smuggler’s den, with ’resident’ ghosts including a disturbed highwayman who walks through locked doors, a young mother and her baby who live in a mirror in one of the rooms and a murdered young smuggler who paces around the courtyard when it’s dark. Would you stay here for the night?!
The Beast of Bodmin
Layers of legend, horror and mystery are associated with Bodmin Moor, like the ghost of a murdered girl who’s regularly spotted on the slopes of Roughtor in her gown and silk bonnet. But the most famous is the legend of the Beast of Bodmin; a huge, black, panther-like monster with yellow eyes that roams the moors and attacks livestock in the dead of night. There are theories abound as to whether the beast actually exists or not, but sightings still continue…
With a dark and sinister past and over two centuries of violent history behind it, Bodmin Jail has become a hot spot for paranormal activity. Prisoners were kept in squalid conditions and subjected to hard labour, often suffering at the hands of their captors before meeting their demise at the end of a noose (public hangings took place outside for all to see right up until 1862). Many of them lived and died behind the jail’s crumbling walls with past sightings including orbs, strange shadows and sudden drops in temperature. Perhaps you could catch a glimpse of the restless spirits roaming in the cells on your visit…
This castle just outside Falmouth was originally built by Henry VIII to protect the Carrick Roads from invasion by France and Spain, but in 1646, the castle was the site of a famous siege. Legend has it that the piercing screams of a kitchen maid who fell to her death while carrying a tray of food during the plight have been heard by numerous visitors, as have strange footsteps on a staircase that no longer leads anywhere…
This spot on the North Coast claims strong mythical associations to King Arthur and is home to the ruins of a castle dating back to the 12th Century. Spooky happenings include paintings being thrown across rooms and people being woken in the dead of night by startling noises. The ghost of the famed Arthurian wizard Merlin is also said to haunt a cave beneath Tintagel Castle.
Paranormal activity is rife in this Elizabethan manor house. The ghost of a scullery boy has been spotted running around the kitchen and a woman is said to sit and sew in the morning room. Honor Fortescue, wife of Humphrey Prideaux, who threw herself off the upper balcony following the death of her husband has apparently taken to wearing a green dress and chasing people out of the bedrooms. Would you take a walk around this eerie Padstow mansion?
This famous mine near St Agnes stretches all the way to the sea below where you can hear the waves crashing against the rocks. The mine shaft is accessible at low tide through a large cave at the far end of Chapel Porth beach, but legend has it that the mine is haunted by the ghosts of the many miners who died there whilst working in extreme and dangerous conditions.
Last but certainly not least is our very own Atlantic Reach! Built on the grounds of the Carworgie Manor which dates back to the 11th Century, we’ve had our fair share of spooky goings on, with staff reporting several unexplained bangs and glasses smashing randomly at the end of the bar…
There’s more of an atmosphere than ever on site around Halloween time, with full on family entertainment and spooktacular events, but we only have a couple of properties left if you’d like to experience it for yourself (click here for availability and booking). Happy Halloween from everyone at Atlantic Reach!
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