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The Haunted Moors

While this moor looks spooky, it possesses an allure that makes me want to visit.

Walking with a Smacked Pentax

The Beast of Ilkley Moor - this fabulous structure appeared one evening at Windgate Nick - a vantage point high on the moors. It stayed for a few weeks then just as mysteriously disappeared. No one knows who put it there or where it went. Just another mystery on a very creepy moor. The Beast of Ilkley Moor – this fabulous structure appeared one evening at Windgate Nick – a vantage point high on the moors. It stayed for a few weeks then just as mysteriously disappeared. No one knows who put it there or where it went. Just another mystery on a very creepy moor.

In 1975 I rented the top floor apartment in a spooky old Victorian mansion situated high on the edge of Ilkley moor. I lived there with my first wife, Diane for several years. From our back window we had fantastic views across the moors, and occasionally we would notice strange lights flickering in the far distance. We never discovered what they were – possibly walkers returning late with torches, or maybe a ranger checking the grouse. It seemed that almost every week the local paper was reporting these lights and interviewing various people who had seen them. There was a lot of…

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