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Spooky Secrets hidden: Visiting West Yorkshire’s Standedge Tunnel Creepiness

Spooky Secrets hidden: Visiting West Yorkshire’s Standedge Tunnel Creepiness

The spooky secrets hidden in the depths of West Yorkshire’s Standedge Tunnel are to be revealed to the public in October when the historic attraction hosts its very first official paranormal investigation.

Cut through 5,000m (3.2 miles) of Pennine grit and sitting more than 190m (640ft) under the surrounding hills, travelling through Standedge Tunnel is a spooky affair at the best of times thanks to its dank atmosphere and eerie gloom – but on October 20, the tunnel may very well reveal its darkest secrets with the visit of the Soul Reaper Paranormal investigations team.

First opened in 1811, tales of creepy goings on in the tunnel – known as ‘one of the Seven Wonders of the British Waterways thanks to its history and picturesque location – have been rife for many a year. Visitors and staff have noted strange lights, unexplained sounds and even a mysterious robed figure that disappeared into the tunnel itself. When the tunnel was closed in the 1980s, local newspaper reports suggest that Black Magic rituals may have taken place at Standedge – the articles claim workers found strange wall paintings and severed sheep’s heads deep underground.

Dating from 1811, Standedge Tunnel’s long history may provide a fertile hunting ground for the Soul Reaper team and their guests. Official figures claim that 50 people died in the 17 years it took a team of 2,500 navvies to dig the tunnel that stretches from Marsden in West Yorkshire to Diggle in Greater Manchester. The real death toll is thought to be much higher, however, as many of those injured on the site and who later died at home may not feature in the official count.

The evening will begin with a brief talk on the history of Standedge Tunnel, setting the scene for what promises to be a night full of intrigue. The Soul Reaper team will then give guests a demonstration of their equipment before leading them into the tunnel’s darkest reaches to conduct a series of investigations that will conclude just short of the midnight witching hour.

Soul Reaper Paranormal founder and lead investigator Kyle Thompson said: “It isn’t very often that we work with the general public. However, after hearing the many reports of people who claim to have seen and heard strange things at Standedge, it was simply one of the places we decided we had to to investigate.

A Paranormal Investigation, Saturday, October 20, 2018, 8pm-11pm, £20 per person.

Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre is owned and run by the Canal & River Trust. The Canal & River Trust is the guardian of 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales, caring for the nation’s third largest collection of listed structures, as well as museums, archives, and hundreds of important wildlife sites. We believe that living waterways transform places and enrich lives and our role is to make sure there is always a place on your doorstep where you can escape the pressures of everyday life, stretch your legs and simply feel closer to nature.

Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre is owned and run by the Canal & River Trust. The Canal & River Trust is the guardian of 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales, caring for the nation’s third largest collection of listed structures, as well as museums, archives, and hundreds of important wildlife sites. We believe that living waterways transform places and enrich lives and our role is to make sure there is always a place on your doorstep where you can escape the pressures of everyday life, stretch your legs and simply feel closer to nature