Exploring Mad Bess Haunted Woods with a Chapel deep in the Woodland

Exploring Mad Bess Wood was an amazing experience for me for more than one reason. Firstly, it has a bizarre name! Hiking the haunted woods which has a chapel deep in the woodland was not only otherworldly, but is also steeped in history including a World War II memorial. Mad Bess? Mad Bess was the wife of a gamekeeper back in the 18th Century, a deranged woman who roamed the woods at night looking for poachers. The thought of a headless, deranged woman creeping around the woods was enough to make me hike it. I recommend you hike the haunted woods!!

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Inside look…

  • Beautiful woodland trails

  • Mostly gravel and dirt trails

  • Little creeks and river streams flow through the wood

  • World War II memorial and chapel deep in the woods

  • Various trails to experience

  • Perfect for a family day out

  • Great for a short or extended hikes

  • Various flora and fauna can be spotted

  • Some gentle slopes to climb

  • Only a few seating benches

  • No cafe onsite

  • No toilets available

  • Free parking onsite (careful with the height restriction barrier, not good for taller vehicles)

Basic packing list…

  • Cash / Credit Card

  • Spare change in coins

  • Pen / Notebook (if you like to take notes)

  • Camera / Phone (great picture opportunities)

  • Layered clothing (stay away from cotton in winter)

  • Spare change of clothes (in winter & in case they get wet!)

  • Or bring waterproof jacket / trouser

  • Change of shoes (don’t want a muddy car!)

  • Sunglasses

  • Bottle of water or hydration pack (must keep hydrated)

  • Picnic / Food / Snacks

  • A day pack to carry everything (or hydration pack)