OLD HAUNTS of the ghostly kind will be one of the main attractions at this year’s Muster walking festival at Newport Pagnell.
In one of the most unusual themes for a community event, walkers will be directed round the town to venues where a variety of spooks and spirits have been sighted.
The walk is based around the recently published book Haunted Places in Newport Pagnell by author Julie Wilson, who claims it is ‘Britain’s ghostliest town.’
Julie’s collection of ghost stories – all entirely true, she says – recounts no fewer than 25 tales of strange goings-on including the apparition of a mysterious monk, images of a woman in grey who drowned during the Civil War, ghoulish glimpses of victims of the Great Plague buried in the town park, and an eerie funeral procession that never ends.
The haunts where each of those events is said to have happened are featured in the ‘Spirits,’ a circular route of nine miles around the town which is included in the Muster’s festival of walks for the first time.
Other routes on offer are ‘Beer’, a six mile hike around the town’s many inns and hostelries, the ‘Challenge’, a 15-mile route featuring sections of Willen, Tongwell and Caldecote lakes, and the ‘Picnic’, a suitable-for-all, three mile stroll around Bury Field.
Julie, a journalist who was born in Newport Pagnell, said she decided to write her book after experiencing some strange and eerie feelings at an old property in the town.
“As soon as I started telling people what had happened, it became clear many others also had ghost stories of their own,” she said.
“The collection just grew from there and I believe the town can honestly claim to be ‘Britain’s most ghostliest town.’”
> The all-day festival is on Saturday September 8. For more information, visit www.newportmuster.org.uk