The autumn season isn’t just about the beautiful, warming flavours, it’s about watching the leaves change colour, getting out your favourite jumpers and of course, frightening ourselves with stories of ghosts and ghouls.

So, if you fancy having a fright or two after eating your fill of October’s tasty treats read on for the best places to find ghosts across the county!

Knowlton Church

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Do you believe in ghosts? A 4am start this morning brought us here, a place widely acknowledged as one of the most haunted places in Dorset, UK. "A phantom horse and rider are said to gallop across the site in the dead of night. They then proceed to pass straight through the church as though it wasn’t there. Elsewhere, a ghostly face has been witnessed peering from the top window of the tower. Then there is the shade of a weeping woman, whom some accounts describe as a nun, that has been seen kneeling outside the church, although what sin or transgression she is trying to purge herself of is not known." I hope she finds peace, I certainly did taking this photo. ☮️

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This remains of this 12th century church near Cranbourne can be found in a centre of a stone circle, which is creepy enough as it is. According to local stories, the area is haunted by a phantom horse and rider, a crying nun and a tall cloaked figure. Apparently, you can also see a ghostly face peering through the upstairs window. Plus it is a beautiful place to walk around, so even if you don’t see any ghosts, it is a lovely place to visit.

Nothe Fort

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Our plans for reopening Following the latest government announcements we are now working on how we can safely reopen Nothe Fort. The health and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff are our priority, and we are putting a range of measures in place to keep everyone safe. We are developing a phased reopening programme from July, starting with our outside areas of the parade ground and ramparts. Nothe Fort has the best views of Weymouth and our cafe will be offering fantastic picnic lunches! We shall keep you updated of our plans and we look forward to welcoming you back to Nothe Fort! #nothefort #nothefortweymouth #weymouth #weysoho #weareweymouth #loveweymouth @wessexfm @dorset_echo @weareweymouthuk

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While recently it is has been the host of a number of our pop up markets, this historic attraction in Weymouth is said to be one of Britain’s spookiest places. We’re told that many employees refuse to walk around the grounds alone after dark because of the ghost of the whistling gunner. With the huge amount of underground passageways it’s no wonder it gives people the creeps after dark!

Shaftsbury Abbey

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King Alfred the Saxon… gifted his daughters land in the 800s #girlpower #historynerds

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Any trip to Shaftsbury should include a visit to the Abbey, purely for how pretty the site is but if you’re there over Halloween, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for spirits. The abbey is said to be haunted by a monk who was the sole guardian of the location of the Abbey’s hidden treasure. The story is that he was the only person who knew about the treasure, but he died before the information was passed on so now he haunts the grounds to continue to protect the secret. He’s not the only ghost that is said to reside there though, apparently, the ghost of King Edward the Martyr has also been spotted there.

Athelhampton House

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Help in a time of need. We are fortunate at Athelhampton to be able to open our gardens and start to see a slow return to normality, despite the change in weather our visitors are returning. Not all are so fortunate, I was saddened to read the news that the future of Swanage Railway was on 'a knife-edge' and they had launched an emergency appeal for funds. Swanage Railway is too important for Dorset to lose, so we would like to try and help. We have reserved 1000 Athelhampton Garden admission tickets for next week, the proceeds from the sales we will donate to Swanage Railway. All you need to do is book-online for any date from Sunday 14th to Sunday 21st of June and we will do the rest. You will need to book a time-slot so we can manage social distancing. Link is in bio ^^^ Our offer of a voucher for half-price admission when the house opens still applies. Help us help a friend in need! #supportlocal

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Our members will be familiar with this 15th century manor house near Dorchester as it is usually the host of some of our bigger events. However, thanks to Covid, we won’t be able to do our usual events there this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the spooky tales from the house. It is said that Athelhampton is one of the ten most haunted houses in England. The ghostly residents include an ape, a ghost who lives in the wine cellar and some ghostly duellers who like to re-enact their dual in the Great Hall.

Bettiscombe Manor

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stone/ moon

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This manor house is in West Dorset and apparently is home to a screaming skull. The story is that one of the house’s servants had the dying wish to be buried in the manor but was instead buried in the nearby village cemetery. As his wishes were denied, he cursed the house and there was a spate of bad luck until his body was moved to the manor with the warning that if anyone removes his skull it will scream and the person who moves it will be dead within the year.

St Peter’s Church, Dorchester

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Heut habe ich einen Ausflug nach Dorchester. Richtig niedliche kleine Stadt im Süden Englands. Ich genieße grad meine Freizeit mit tollem Blick auf die St. Peters Kirche. Bei einem Tee und einem sogenannten Creamtea einem Scone mit Erdbeerkonfitüre und Sahne lässt es sich gut aushalten. #england #unitedkingdome #uk #nadigoeaaida #aidavita #scout #gothere #ausflug #Dorchester #dorchesteraufeigenefaust #freizeit #rundgang #stadt #architektur #architecture #kirche #church #strasse #travel #instagood #instatravel #shoreexcursion #arbeit #work #workhardplayhard

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Dorchester’s St Peter’s Church is said to be haunted by a former vicar who makes an appearance whenever he is angry. So, if you happen to spot anything supernatural there, make sure not to fall foul of the vicar’s bad mood!

Durdle Door

Probably one of the best known sites in Dorset, Durdle Door is a wonderful place to relax with a picnic or to visit after stopping off at one of the nearby cafes or tea rooms. It is also apparently home to a number of spirits including Napoleon!

Have you been to any of these places before? Did you spot anything unexplainable? Let us know!

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