A walk in the woods……

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We’re so lucky living in the shire to be surrounded by such natural beauty and historic grace, it’s no wonder so many film and television productions choose the area for their perfect set location. One fine September day we set off to find ‘Crickley Hall’ the terrifying and oppressing property, that was the lynch pin setting, in a recent BBC adaptation of James Herbert’s ghostly novel, The secret of Crickley Hall.

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Having watched the 3 part drama with Suranne Jones and Tom Ellis when it aired, I was excited to see where some of it had been filmed. The property that stood in for Crickley Hall is actual Bowden Hall, a fine grit stone residence near Chapel en le Frith, built In a gothic Tudor style.

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As well as being used as Crickley Hall, Bowden has also played a part in another BBC drama, The Village staring Maxine Peake and John Simm.

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The walk was spectacular, down quaint lanes in Chapel en le Frith, across babbling brooks, along sturdy foot bridges, through kissing gates and over styles. Bowden Hall is breath-taking and currently on the market for £1,200,000 a steal!
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After we’d finished admiring the place and dreaming of becoming its next owners, we walked further on, across lush green fields and into the woods once more. Partially hidden within, is a ruin known locally as the Drum and Monkey and believed to be a former Inn. Although rather mysteriously, no one seems to know more.

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The ruin is hauntingly beautiful, overgrown and decaying, being reclaimed by nature (and some of the local youth) there’s a curious little grotto in what would have been the grounds and we could only guess as to its use.

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After we were thoroughly explored out, we wandered in the towns heart and got refreshments at a little café called In a Pickle, the menu was hearty, wholesome and homemade, delicious Panini’s and salad were the perfect refuelling food.

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