With the third national coronavirus lockdown due to end, on April 12 the government will relax the 'stay local' message, which means that for the first time in months we can get out and visit some of our favourite creepy and fascinating haunted locations.
Like a lot of people, you might be hoping to make up for lost time and visit as many famous paranormal
hotspots as you can this summer, so to help you out we've put together a list of seven spooky places that are famous for their ghost stories in the South East of England.
Where possible with tried to pick open air locations and tourist attractions that will be allowed to open under the relaxed guidelines.
The Chanctonbury Ring is an Iron Aged hill fort on the South Downs, which is now topped with a circle of beech trees that were planted in the 18th century. Occultist, Aleister Crowley described the location as "a place of power."
As well as its ancient history, it also has a reputation for paranormal activity. It said that if you run backwards around the ring seven times, the Devil himself will appear, he will offer you food in the form of soup, porridge or milk in exchange for your soul.
The site is also popular with sky watchers who say the ring is a UFO hotspot, there have been several unexplained sightings there over the years, as well as plenty of reports of ghost sightings, some of which have been described as violent attacks.
Constructed between 1766 and 1775, the Racton Monument was originally the summerhouse of the 2nd Earl of Halifax, although this could have been a cover and the real purpose of the tower was for him to watch his merchant ships dock at the nearby port village of Emsworth.
The folly has bee abandoned for over one hundred years and has fallen into disrepair and is now in the hands of a private owner. but during it's uncared years the folly became the site of multiple suicides and many occult rituals have been performed here.
As a result of the monument's grisly history the folly is now popular with paranormal investigators who research the many reports of hauntings, including claims that people have seen bricks thrown from above and heard disembodied shouts.
Pluckey in Kent holds the title of the most haunted village in the UK, and the local woods, known as the Screaming woods, contribute to this claim. Witnesses have reported hearing screams coming from the woods at night, as well as hearing disembodied footsteps and seeing strange lights in the sky.
Some of the woods resident spooks include an 18th century colonel who committed suicide in the woods, the spirit of a highwayman who was executed in the woods, and the ghosts of many walkers who have gotten lost in the woods. The most recent disappearance was in 1998 when four students went into the woods in search of some strange lights they had seen, their bodies were never found.
The woods are said to have connections to satanic rituals, believed to be performed by a religious cult from the nearby village of Smarden. When a private investigator, Robert Collin, tried to get to the bottom of the cult in 1964, his investigation was cut short after his untimely death in a car accident.
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Clapham Woods in West Sussex is one of the most active paranormal sites in the UK, it was the location of a spate of UFO sightings during the late 1960s and 1970s. This single area of Britain has more reports of weird goings on than anywhere else in Britain.
During the peak of the reports the woods, which were once used for rituals by a satanic cult, were said to have seen alien abduction, and be the base of alien aircraft that had come to Earth to collect chemical elements including sulphur.
People have reported UFOs in many forms, from a moon-sized light descending from the sky, to flying saucers hovering above the woods, as well as plenty of accounts of unexplained lights in the sky, many of which seemed to beam light down into the trees below.
The most notable event took place in 1967 and was witnessed by Paul Glover, a member of the British Phenomenon Research Group. He and a colleague saw a black boomerang-shaped craft moving across the sky while they were walking through the woods. This sighting was followed by a strange display of lights in the sky. They saw two bright lights, one of which released a small object, which travelled to the second and entered it.
The woods are a place of death, with four recorded cases of bodies being found in the woods, most of which were missing persons who were later found in the woods.
This ancient woodland in Berkshire surrounds Bisham Abbey, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of Lady Hoby. The story goes that she beat her slow son to death out of frustration, before riding off into the woods. She spent the rest of her life in misery and regret, but since her death in 1609, her ghost has been spotted in the woods, as well as the abbey, trying to wash the blood from her hands.
Today Chislehurst Caves are a tourist attraction and although they are called caves, they are entirely manmade. The intersecting tunnels cover a total distance of 22 miles and there's said to be paranormal activity on every turn.
Despite an unsuccessful exorcism, the strange goings on continue. Most of the reports involve claims of poltergeist activity, including rocks and chalk being thrown at visitors.
The Hellfire Caves are a manmade network of chalk mines, which extend a quarter of a mile underground near the village of West Wycombe. The caves have a past of satanic rituals, worship and sacrifice, making them a terrifying place to visit today.
The Hellfire Caves are said to have many resident spooks, including the spirit of Benjamin Franklin, who was a regular visitor to the caves in the 18th century. Another apparition regularly spotted is that of Paul Whitehead, a former steward of the notorious Hellfire Club from which the caves take their name.
There's also the spirit of a young girl called Suki, she's said to have been tricked into meeting a man at the caves, the visit resulted in her murder.
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