3 Haunted Places in Cumbria
Stewart | On 16, Apr 2017
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux Room!
Kirkstone Pass Inn, Kirkstone Pass
Kirkstone Pass Inn dates back to 1496 when it was once a coaching house.
A little known fact about the inn is that at 1500 feet above sea level, it’s said to be the highest inn in Cumbria and third highest in the whole of England!
The inn is situated near the top of Kirkstone Pass, both the pass and the inn are named after the nearby stone called the Kirkstone.
The Kirkstone Inn is said to be haunted.
Many members of staff and visitors to the inn have paranormal tales to tell…
In past times, it’s said that a young boy was knocked down and killed by a passing coach and horses.
It’s now said that the ghost of this young boy haunts the inn today.
Sticking with coach and horses, a family visiting the inn took a photo of the bar.
They were amazed to discover they had captured the ghostly apparition of a 17th century coachman on film.
They were even more amazed when they found out that the ghostly coachman was their great, great grandfather!
Now the inn is said to suffer from poltergeist activity…
It’s believed that the paranormal activity is caused by the spirit of a hiker who at one time worked at the inn.
It’s also said that two ghostly ladies haunt the inn too, the scary grey lady and the ghost of a woman who was hung for the murder of her own child.
Terrified witnesses have reported seeing her spooky apparition next to the nearby tree where she was said to have been hung!
Dalston Hall Hotel, Dalston
The 15th century grade II* listed Dalston Hall was at one time a fortified house but today it’s a luxury country house hotel.
With five hundred plus years of history it’s no wonder the hall has a reputation for being very haunted.
So much so, that the Most Haunted gang investigated it back in 2005 for Series 6 and then again five years later in 2010 for Series 15.
There’s said to be many ghosts knocking about the place at Dalston Hall.
Here are just a handful of the well-known ones…
Room 4 is said to be haunted by a girl wearing a bonnet and staring out of the window.
Some say that she’s waiting for a loved one to return.
Outside Room 4, 5 and 6 in the corridor a paranormal scene from the past of a burly man beating, assaulting and dragging a distressed girl to a window before throwing her out of it is said to be played out on some occasions.
A phantom party from the medieval period is said to take place within the Baronial Hall from time to time.
And, it’s also said that a handyman haunts the hall’s cellar together with a man called Mr Fingernails.
The handyman is described as being a big guy who likes to move the barrels around!
The most famous ghost said to haunt the hall is that of Lady Jane.
Terrified witnesses have seen her ghostly apparition wearing a Tudor style dress in the gallery above the manorial hall.
Carlisle Castle, Carlisle
Another of Cumbria’s historic buildings investigated by the Most Haunted team is Carlisle Castle…
This time it was back in 2009 for Series 14!
Well Carlisle Castle dates back to the reign of William II who built it in 1093 to defend against the Scots.
The Norman style motte and bailey castle was built in Carlisle on the site of an old Roman fort.
Since then, the castle has had a troubled past changing hands many times over its long history.
The castle is said to be haunted but with such a long and violent history I’m surprised it hasn’t got more ghosts that the ones which are reported.
The most infamous ghost at the castle is that of the phantom lady…
You see, back in 1823 a young soldier on duty at the castle was scared witless when he saw her ghostly apparition appear in front of him.
Believe it or not, he tried to bayonet the ghostly lady because he was so scared.
His bayonet passed straight through her and hit the stone wall behind her.
It’s said that at this point the poor soldier fainted from fright, never to recover as he died from shock the very next day!
Now, a few years earlier in 1820 it was said that the skeleton of an Elizabethan woman dressed in tartan holding a baby was discovered bricked up in the Captains Tower.
In 1992, for three nights running, the alarms in the Kings Own Border Regiment Museum within the castle were set off by something unknown.
Nobody really knows who set of the alarms off… could it have been the phantom lady?