Photographer's Note

This place is quite spooky in foggy weather...

Legend has it that a Barguest, or Bargest, haunts the area.
A fearsome spectral hound,It is said to guard either a grave, sacred site, or hidden treasure.
It is supposedly "as big as a littlish bear." Normaly it is yellow, with large black eyes, although sometimes it is headless.

Trollers Ghyll is a great chasm cut in the hills near Appletreewick in the Yorkshire dales.
The name of this chasm suggests that even the Vikings believed that something evil lurked there (see below).

One night a cobbler was walking the canyon when he came upon the Barguest, it passed close enough to his hiding place that he could give us this description:
"...yellow, with great eyes like saucers. He'd a shaggy sort o' smell as he went by, and I counted myself for dead. But he chanced not to glimpse me, praise all the saints that ever were."

In the last one hundred years, five deaths have been associated with the Trollers Ghyll Barguest.
One of the most interesting stories concerns John Lambert, a loudly outspoken sceptic.
He went hunting for it in Trollers Ghyll at night, armed only with a walking stick. He was found dead the next morning.

BTW - From the old Norse, Trollers ghyll = Trolls Bottom Ravine (Ghyll = a small narrow valley or ravine).

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