1. This home of hellhounds on Dartmoor.
Wistman’s Wood is riddled with tall tales, involving druids, ghosts, rocks covered in copulating adders and even Beelzebub himself. It’s perhaps most notorious, though, for its packs of hellhounds, whose black fur and glowing red eyes can be glimpsed by anyone dreaming hard enough.
2. This mermaid’s pool in Derbyshire.
Various legends collide around this bog standard bog, but they generally agree that there’s a water-nymph nearby who likes to bathe in its still waters. If you managed to see her, usually around Easter, you’ll live forever.
3. This monument to slain dragons in Avebury.
The three stone circles of Avebury are ringed with all manner of legends and were interpreted by early Druids as a serpent temple. This font in the local church depicts a bishop shanking one beast in the forehead.
4. Pistyll Rhaeder in Wales.
It might sound like a Wilding barman from Game of Thrones, but Pistyll Rhaeder is actually a waterfall, one of the Seven Wonders of Wales, and home to haunting white ladies and winged serpents alike.
6. This underwater village in Yorkshire.
Another innocuous-looking puddle shrouded in speculation, and covered in snow in this shot, Gormire Lake supposedly conceals an entire lost village. Oh, a witch and a goose also swim here too.
7. This giant’s seat in Wales.
Cadair Idris, in Snowdonia National Park, translates as “the chair of Idris” and is a dangerous spot according to legend. The surrounding lakes are thought to be bottomless and if you spend the night alone here you’ll either die or wake up as a madman or a poet.
9. This mossy chasm in Staffordshire.
Known as Lud’s Church (or Ludchurch), this damp, hidden pathway surrounded by vertiginous mossy rocks in the Peak District has been considered holy by pagans and Christians alike. According to internet folklore it’s been a hiding place for Bonnie Prince Charlie, Robin Hood and Friar Tuck.
12. This underwater ballroom in Surrey.
Created by fraudulent investor Whitaker White, this subaqeous folly came complete with a smoking room and aquariam during its nineteenth century heyday. Since the eccentric rogue topped himself with cyanide the estate has been sold off and this random structure is all that’s left.
16. This shell grotto in Margate.
Rough Guides’ top tip for 2013 holds one of the country’s most random underground chambers. The Shell Grotto holds 4.6 million shells in its 2,000 sq ft space and poses nearly as many questions. Who put them there - Knights Templar? Phoenicians? – and more importantly, why?
19. This well at Glastonbury Tor.
Gushing red-hued liquid (blood, or just dissolved ferrous oxide?) at a rate of 25,000 gallons a day for over two thousand years, the Chalice Well is usually viewed as a symbol of the female aspect of deity and other legends abound.