Are these some of Britain’s most scariest streets and gruesome roads, ask the batty guys and ghouls of Ordnance Survey this Halloween?
The picturesque Lancashire village of Appley Bridge sits in the Douglas Valley near the Leeds and Liverpool canal. To find the village you need to come off the M6 at junction 27 and go a few miles west before heading south when you reach the B5375. What makes this village extra special when Halloween rolls around is that despite being relatively small, it is home to a number of street names that lend themselves fabulously well to Halloween: Back Skull House Lane, Skull House Mews and Skull House Lane.
In case you hadn’t realised, it’s Halloween today and we thought we’d have a dig around on OS getamap and find some of Britain’s spookiest place names. We’ve picked out our seven spooky favourites – but let us know yours too – post them on the blog.
1. In first place, representing the huge number of places with ‘Devil’ in their name, it’s the Devil’s Pulpit, perched high in the Wye Valley, near Tintern Abbey. Legend has it that the devil used the ‘pulpit’ to try to entice the monks toiling below to come and join him!
This week, the walk of the week takes a spooky twist. With Halloween upon us this weekend I thought I’d talk about the Halloween themed walks happening around the country.
How about a fascinating Jack the Ripper tour in London’ East End? This historical walk starts outside exit four of Aldgate East underground station and takes in the atmospheric streets of old London. The tours take place every day from 7pm with your tour guides leading the way.
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‘Dare you walk the walk?’ asks the Belfast Ghost Walk website. The walks are a historical look back to Belfast’s haunted dark past and meet outside the gates of Belfast City Hall. Tours start at 7:30pm and last for about an hour.
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The Ghost Hunt in York is described as ‘enthralling and hillarious’ by some of the previous walkers. The hunt is an evening walking tour of the city’s haunted locations, taking place on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday each week, at 7:30 pm. It starts at the Shambles in the city and your guide, dressed in his frock coat and top hat, will take you through the streets of York.
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Haunting Halloween fun for all ages can be had at various National Trust properties across Great Britain. There are spooky challenges at Bodium Castle, East Sussex to Halloween twilight trails at Chartwell, Kent. All of the events can be found on the National Trust website.
Following a walking trail close to one of the UK’s haunted buildings could be a special way to mark this Halloween, particularly for those with youngsters.
These are just a few of the events happening in Great Britain, if you have a Halloween walk near you, we’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to let us know in the response section below.
Whatever you plan to do on this haunted weekend, have fun!
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With Halloween just around the corner, it’s a great excuse to have a bit of fun looking at Britain’s spookiest place names.
Place names have been a bit of a running theme over the past few weeks, what with Location Lingo and last week’s look at how history has influencedthe names of places and regions across the country.
In preparation for this post, I asked people to contribute their spookiest place names on Twitter, and are some of my favourites – enjoy!