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Pluckley Woods. Kent

Haunted Pluckley Woods

Allegedly the most haunted village in the UK Marc Weston has spent many a night investigating the famous Pluckley Woods which believe me, must be considered as one of the spookiest places to be in the dead of night!

Marc: Several incidents have occurred over the years which have left me somewhat perplexed, the details of which I would like to recount to you below.

Meeting in the main car park on one occasion, I always make it my business to ascertain the level of experience the attending guests might have had. On this particular night, I was informed by a couple in their forties, the female looking decidedly nervous and agitated, that this was their first paranormal investigation, arranged by her husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary. His wife explained how “scared” she really was at the prospect of wondering through these famously haunted woods late at night and doubted whether or not she would last the entire night.

I offered assurances and asked them to stay with me throughout the investigation emphasising my willingness to ensure they remained safe and confident.

Unexpected Ghostly Encounter

The group walked off into the woods, following ancient pathways, lit only by a selection of torchlights. Within minutes I was aware of a presence in my peripheral vison, which , upon further scrutiny, turned out to be a young man in his early twenties dressed casually with jeans and camouflage type jacket leaning with his back against a large tree. This individual was a mere six to ten feet from me and turned his head to meet my gaze smiling directly at me.

The aforementioned couple registered their surprise at this odd circumstance and we continued walking by. My suspicions were aroused even further and I simply stepped sideways to my right and physically reached out my right arm and touched the young man on his left arm grinning back at him. Contact ensued on his left arm which appeared to be solid and real to the touch. I commented on the lines of “well you are real” laughing as I moved onwards.

Feeling something wasn’t quite right, and offering even more assurances to the female accompanying me, who was, by now, exhibiting the first stages of panic I explained this young man appeared to be real and not to worry too much about his presence as she would remain safe and protected by the numbers present in our party. As I said this I suddenly felt the urge to turn and take a second look behind me, if nothing else, to re-assure myself this gentleman did not pose any threat.

To my dismay, he had totally “disappeared”, literally vanished, with no obvious explanation or possibility of him hiding in any adjacent shrubs or undergrowth as there was nothing there to provide such cover surrounding the tree. The night was still and quiet though very cold, it was a January, and the aforementioned couple literally lost the plot!

Noting my confusion and obvious look of concern the wife insisted on being escorted back to their vehicle refusing point blank to go any further into the woods and her husband reluctantly agreed to return with her on the condition I accompany them also. I called to my colleagues who were by now well ahead of us to advise them of my intentions and turned around with the frightened couple. Regardless of what I said they were adamant they wanted to leave immediately and never return to these woods.

I left them with their vehicle and waved them goodbye and commenced my return journey through the woods to catch up the main group who by now were half a mile ahead of me.

The Paranormal Investigation

Passing the spot where my earlier encounter with this lone individual had been experienced I too became very uneasy and aware that something was not as it should be, however, despite feeling extremely nervous to say the least, I eventually caught up with the remainder of the group and promptly recounted my tale to them.

After a little ribbing and laughter we continued on our way and embarked on our investigation the results of which I will elaborate on in due course.

As a caveat to the incident detailed above, upon return to work on the following Monday morning, I explained to a third party engineer, attending my premises to undertake fire extinguisher checks and maintenance, who I knew, and whom had expressed an interest in matters paranormal to me on previous occasions. After listening to me he told me the following.

His wife, who I have never met, a serving policewoman with Kent police, had been sent to Pluckley Woods after a call from a member of the public reporting a young man, dressed in jeans and a camouflage jacket, “hiding” behind trees at the edge of the woods adjacent to the main roadway. Upon arrival, the patrol car was parked in the main car parking area and two officers, one being her, disembarked, locking the car securely and walked off into the woods to investigate further. Almost immediately, allegedly, the patrol car emergency lights and sirens lit up and sounded simultaneously causing the swift return of the police officers to identify what was happening. There was no one there, the car resumed its normal parked condition and the officers were dumbfounded.

A call for back up and a dog unit was apparently made and for the next three hours or so a detailed search of the woods ensued resulting in absolutely nothing being evident!

Speaking to a colleague some months later and telling him about these events I learnt from him of a tale relating to a young man who had been killed outright on the roadway close by in a motorbike accident, which he was aware of, suggesting a strange link to the events illustrated above. Was this perhaps the gentleman I witnessed in the woods? Is he seeking contact unaware he is dead? Has anyone else had any similar occurrences happen to them?

Oddly, the remainder of this particular evening passed by quietly until the time came for me to review the data I had collected on the day. Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) captured in the woods identified a softly spoken Irish female, a voice I might add that was captured on several successive trips to Pluckley Woods and always in the same area warning “the men are in the village” and also “it’s cold outside”.

Imagine how astounded I was to discover a photograph (copy attached) taken in complete darkness with an infra-red camera (IR) of the group with me, illustrating a young female standing alone, some estimated forty to fifty feet away, dressed in inappropriate clothing for the time of year, pregnant and illuminated like a Christmas tree!

If you look carefully at the centre of the photograph the faces and figures can just be made out of the accompanying group of people I was with, confirming NO additional lighting was in use at the time and yet the female form to the upper right of the frame is clearly visible. Strange to say the least.

As a paranormal researcher of over forty years I have clearly amassed a large network of colleagues and like-minded people to whom I sent this picture and not one of them could explain the results or debunk the images. What are your views?
To compound this strange occurrence, the ensuing three or four photographs taken with the same camera, in the same position under exactly the same conditions, on that night all exhibit bizarre light anomalies (copies attached).

Regrettably, access to Pluckley Woods has now ceased, particularly in the night time, so my ability to pursue any further lines of enquiry and seek additional evidence in support of this encounter and strange circumstances remain in abeyance. Is there anyone else out there who may be able to shed any further light on these events?

 This content was submitted by Marc Weston – Paranormal Researcher of over forty years – If you have an experience you wish to share you can do so from here