The nine spookiest spots in north Norfolk
- Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers
The job of the local tourist board has traditionally been to identify and promote their region's most beautiful, historic and interesting locations. But Visit North Norfolk's latest initiative takes a rather different tack: compiling a list of the most haunted sites in the area.
Ann Boleyn is said to haunt – often in headless form – the estate with which her family are closely connected. The apparition of her father, Sir Thomas, who was involved in a suspicious family betrayal, is also reputed to make the odd appearance.
2. The Yow Yows
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This ghostly noise is said to be heard off the coast of Sheringham, an echo of the cries of mariners who perished in the often treacherous waters there.
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3. Blakeney Tunnels
A network of tunnels beneath the village is, according to legend, home to an array of creatures, among them 'hytersprites' – long-legged spider-like creatures. Bird-like fairies reportedly kidnap badly behaved children who stray on to their saltmarsh but kindly return lost children to their families.
4. The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall
One of the country's most scrutinised alleged hauntings, the apparition of a woman in a brown brocade dress has been reported – and, according to some, even photographed – here. According to legend, the woman is Lady Dorothy Walpole, who was locked away by an abusive husband.
5. The Ghost Fiddler of Binham Priory
Between dusk and dawn, the burial mound here is apparently the home of the ghost of a monk.
6. The Pump Hill Ghost of Happisburgh
A vision of a legless sailor – known as the 'Happisburgh Torso' to locals – has, it is said, been sighted on Whimpwell Street.
7. The Ghostly Whistler of Weybourne
Visit when the moon is full and dusk is drawing in to hear whistles of the supposed smuggler, John Smythe.
8. The She-wolf of Castle Rising
The ruins are reputed to be home to a variety of ghostly figures. Some have even gone so far as to describe the wife of Edward ll 'Isabella the Fair' as transforming into a wolf-like creature. She is said to have suffered bouts of madness while living here.
9. Napoleonic Ghost of Hickling Broad
Sightings have been reported of a man dressed in military uniform from the Napoleonic Wars era. He is said to skate across the unfrozen waters of the Broad.