Dale Abbey Hauntings

A Monk and a Cave

Dale Abbey Hauntings

Introducing Hermits Cave and woods, Church and graveyard - + Others


Hermit’s Wood – Derbyshire, England

Located near KirkHallam Ilkeston in Derbyshire, an ancient area of woodland.

One of the most common phenomena said to occur is strange banging noises, often accompanied by a change of normal to a very oppressive atmosphere. Witnesses claim they begin to get the overwhelming sensation of not only being watched but also followed.

In addition, people have reported the apparition of a monk or some other hooded form. For the most part, the ghost is generally seen at night time rather than during the day. Whether or not this spirit is also responsible for the change in atmosphere is unclear.

Tradition tends to blame the paranormal phenomena on a location within the forest that was once a hermit’s cave. Legend states that a monk, probably from the nearby Abbey of Dale, hung himself at this location and continues to haunt the area.



DALE Abbey has always been famous for its hermit's cave but not many people know the story of the highwaymen who was converted to Christianity on a visit to the village in the 12th century. Legend has it that Uthliglas and a group of bandits set up camp near the hermitage and, in the night, Uthliglas, had a vision of a golden cross rising from the sky.
He told his fellow robbers that the land around the cave was a holy place where they could find God and change their ways.
They laughed and went on their way but Uthliglas found the hermit and became a reformed character.

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