Cave Myths, Legends and Stories

NB: Caves are not places to be explored lightly... this is a list of myths and ghost stories - please ensure you do not become one of the latter...

Paul Whitehead

Location: West Wycombe (Buckinghamshire) - West Wycombe Park, caves under the hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1781 onwards
Further Comments: The location of a Hell-Fire Club, Whitehead was a fully fledged and enthusiastic member who has apparently found it hard to leave his membership behind post-mortem.


Concealed Treasure

Location: Whitchurch (Hereford & Worcester) - King Arthur's Cave
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Arthur hid much of his loot in this cave, which Merlin then protected with a spell, ensuring the treasure would never be found.


Witch of Wookey

Location: Wookey Hole (Somerset) - Cavern
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Cottage haunting occurred 1947 - 1954, diver seen 1998
Further Comments: It was once believed that an old hag lived in this cave, cursing anyone who tried to visit her. She was finally turned to stone by a monk. A cottage on the site was briefly haunted by an old woman wearing black and white; the ghost vanished after the site was blessed by a vicar. A tour group in the cave in 1998 reportedly observed a figure in an old fashioned goldfish bowl helmet silently moving through the caves. When they checked with the tour guide the group was told it was the ghost of a diver who had been seen several times previous.


Giant Eel

Location: Wookey Hole (Somerset) - Flooded Caverns
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A huge eel, some ten metres in length was chased into this cave system by angry fishermen.


Dunny

Location: Wooler (Northumberland) - Cave in Cockenheugh Hills, and Fowberry Bridge (and occasionally Tower)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Either a former Border reiver or someone who committed suicide (or maybe both), this entity would manifest as a dun coloured horse and scour the area for his lost treasure.


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