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Sunday, 5 December 2010

Winter Wonderland with Spooks

Snow has fallen pretty early this year, it has certainly got me into the Xmas spirit pretty early because of that! Despite some snowy times a-foot, I've been ghost hunting...

Pendle Hill Be-Witching Weekend:
An entire weekend searching across the legendary Pendle Hills on the hunt for some spooooky! It was pretty tiring but many adventures were had with my sister and our friend Jo.
Heres a selection of pretty pictures to help explain our weekend!

On our day of arrival, we visited the town of Ciltheroe for it's awesome castle. It still had a giant whole in it's side from where a cannonball had hit it! D:

We then checked out the town on a guided tour, told about all of the spooooooky happenings that had gone down in the many years past. This included doing one of our favourite past times, checking out Churchyards/graveyards at night!

The next day we had been informed snow had taken of most of England, which was pretty odd at this time of year, but I thought it added a great atmosphere to the Haunted Weekend!

We were then introduced to the days plans, that involving PENDLE HILL. Before heading there, we stopped at a town known as Skipton, which had the most amazing Medieval Castle (Supposedly the most complete one in England!).

After a scenic day stomping around Skipton, we headed up for an evening view of Pendle Hill, to get a feel of the place before we were to return that night. I don't think I've flinched so much in my life, turning around corners on a huge-ass bus teetering off rickety ledges is not my best idea of travel! As we arrived to the spot where the Pendle Hill Witches used to live, the sun was just about setting, so it gave us the most amazing views.

I must admit these moors certainly had a eerie feel to them, not-to-mention it was pretty damn chilly. They seemed so barren and sparce of life. We were taken to where one of the towers once stood that the Pendle Hill Witches used to take residence, it is now nothing but a hole in the ground, but we'll see if theres anything more to this space later on....

We travelled to a pub close to this location known as the 'Black Cow' (Almost the 'Slaughtered Lamb') for luncheon, (A disappointing meal to say the least) but this pub was different, mainly as it was haunted. This was where we were to return to do various activities to contact ghosties such as glass and table tipping.

But before this, we were to head back out into the chill, to contact the lost souls on Pendle Hill. I may have adorned my demon hat to ward off anything nasty....
It was almost 10pm now, pitch black and -6.
We all took our stance in the same place of where the tower once stood and tried our best to contact anything supernatural. We used a ouija board and simple methods such asking the any spirits to "give us a sign" that they were there, even resorting to using technical gadgets that can sense electrical pulses.

This was pretty much all you could see with a torch.

I must admit, there were some odd things that were seen this night, one being shadowy figures that I still cannot explain, hearing hooves riding across the moors (There were tales of a man and horse going missing) and someone/something holding onto my left arm.

We were out there for a couple of hours, until we couldn't feel our feet, or anything else for that matter, to return to the warmth of the haunted pub.

As we were leaving, the Historian who was with our group informed me that these moors were just the same that starred within the film 'An American Werewolf in London'....I may have fan-girled out! :D

As we returned back to our Haunted Pub spot, we conducted various methods of spirit contact. I certainly enjoyed them all.
"Ask the glass" was very successful, especially once we had all warmed up to it. If you're uncertain of how this works, let me explain.... Basically the method is to get a glass, turn it upsode down on a table and then whoever is with you places their index finger on the bottom of the glass. You ask if there are any spirit within in the room and if there are, can they move the glass using your energies. You'll be surprised what happens, I was pretty blown away with it.

I for one had never tried table tipping before and this was a huge surprise for me to see in person. This is the same idea as "ask the glass" but with a table (Preferably a small one, as they may end up getting broken), then you ask away. I couldn't believe it when the table began to slide one way and then the other, even at times jerking itself off the ground resting on two legs instead of four. It was amazing the power one of the spirits actually had, as each spirit certainly has it's own strength.

As the time drew to 2am, we had to call it a night and leave our investigations for another time.

So, they are my tales. Expect video footage soon! Unfortunately, a lot of the ghostly happenings were not caught on tape 'Most haunted' style. But t'wos a fun, if not tiring weekend!

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