There are more reports of paranormal events in the UK than almost any area of comparable size on Earth.
And East Yorkshire has a strong claim to being the spookiest area in Britain.
Specifically, the area of East Yorkshire known as the Wold Newton Triangle, named after the village which finds itself at the centre of this mystical area.
The area is particularly notorious for werewolf sightings.
One misty night in the 1960s, a lorry driver was making his way along a remote Wolds road.
As his vehicle trundled along, he glimpsed a pair of red eyes in the murk. Seconds later, a “wolf-like creature” tried to smash its way through windscreen.
Author, paranormal researcher, and sometime werewolf hunter Charles Christian told the Hull Daily Mail in 2015 this account provides a glimpse of the weird happenings within the Wold Newton Triangle.
“That part of the country was once infested with wolves,” said Mr Christian, whose book, A Travel Guide To Yorkshire’s Weird Wolds, explores some of the area’s horrifying tales.
“Up until the 18th century, there was still a wolf bounty for anyone killing them.
“It was known for the wolves to dig up corpses from graveyards. From that sprung the idea that they are supernatural beings, who took the form of werewolves."
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“There is the legend of a werewolf called Old Stinker," he added, "a great hairy beast with red eyes, who was so called because he had bad breath.”
Old Stinker hit the news as recently as 2016 after reports of a sighting of the monster at Barmston Drain in Hull which is well outside the triangle but shows fears remain.
A woman claimed the beast had a German Shepherd in its mouth and was 8ft tall.
“When I was a child, I remember someone saying they would not drive along the road from Flixton to Bridlington after dark because of those fears,” Mr Christian said
“When people would glimpse what they thought was the rear lights of a car in front, it would instead reveal itself to be the red eyes of a wolf.”
The area’s problem was recognised in AD 937, when King Athelstan granted the building of a hostel to provide travellers with shelter from these attacks.
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Anyone on the road through would have been particularly wary of Wolf-monath – the Saxon name for January – when the creatures, starved of the easy-pickings of livestock, would turn on human prey.
“You were more likely to be eaten then than at any other time of year,” Charles said.
The hostel was built near Saxton Hill, called Spital Ho, in North Yorkshire. Its purpose was to protect travellers from wolf attacks.
The wolves around Spital Ho were reportedly so intelligent people started to believe they were somehow humans that had the power to transform into wolves during the night.
The Wold Newton Triangle is also known for sightings of zombies, fairies, dragons, and a phantom river called the Waters of Woe.
What could be behind this concentration of the uncanny? Some point to the meteorite strike in 1795.
The space rock, one of the largest meteorites in history to have hit the UK, impacted close to the junction of five ley lines – those supposedly mystical veins running through the Earth that some believe carry magical or even alien energy.
Can any of these reports be taken seriously? It’s Yorkshire. You’ve got to take the locals seriously.
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