Dale Abbey Hauntings A Monk and a Cave

Paranormal Activity - A Monk, graves, an Abbey and open land

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


A Monk and a Cave

Dale Abbey Hauntings

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


Hermit’s Wood: Where Legends and Eerie Realities Converge

Nestled near KirkHallam, Ilkeston in the enchanting Derbyshire countryside, Hermit’s Wood stands as a testament to ancient mysteries and paranormal tales. This ancient woodland, steeped in history, has become a focal point for those seeking an encounter with the unknown.


Unexplained Activity

Visitors to Hermit’s Wood have recounted chilling experiences that defy easy explanation. Strange phenomena, such as unexplained banging noises and a sudden, oppressive shift in the atmosphere, have been reported by those venturing into this mystical realm. The air becomes charged with an eerie energy, and witnesses often express the unsettling sensation of being watched and followed by an unseen presence.

As night falls, the wood takes on an even more mysterious aura. Some brave souls claim to have glimpsed the apparition of a monk or hooded figure, adding a spectral layer to the already haunting atmosphere. Whether these sightings are tied to the reported paranormal activities remains a mystery.


Local lore

Local lore weaves a tale of tragedy and sorrow, connecting the supernatural occurrences to a specific location within the woodland – the site of a hermit’s cave. Legend has it that a monk, possibly from the nearby Abbey of Dale, met a tragic end at this spot, taking his own life. According to the lore, his tormented spirit lingers, perpetuating an otherworldly presence that continues to affect those who tread upon the sacred ground.

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 golinn 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.