The New Forest in Hampshire is one of England’s most beautiful locations, filled with majestic oaks, wild ponies – and lost souls! In 1100 AD, King William II was accidentally killed by his pal Sir Walter Tirel’s arrow while the pair were hunting deer in the forest. The king’s ghost can be seen wandering through the woodlands, on the route where his body was carried to Winchester Cathedral for burial. Ocknell Pond, where Tirel washed his hands, turns red with blood once a year, and a black hound of death is said to appear.
Lyndhurst Park Hotel, in the pretty town of Lyndhurst that’s right in the heart of the New Forest, is haunted by an eccentric aristocrat, the Duc de Stacpoole. In the 1970s, workmen making changes to the property were terrified by the sound of his spectre screaming angrily at them. Once a year, this formidable ghost is said to hold a ball for the dead, and passersby have claimed to hear eerie music.
The hill in Lyndhurst known as Bolton’s Bench was once the site of a vicious battle between local nobleman Sir Maurice de Berkeley and a fearsome dragon! Sir Maurice won but he was so traumatised by the battle that he lay down and died where the dragon had perished. He now haunts the hill.