A Staffordshire beauty spot associated with legends of werewolves has been named the most haunted location in the UK.

A new list of the nation's spookiest outdoor spaces has been compliled - and Cannock Chase has come out top of the list, with myths of half-man-half-wolf creatures chief among the reasons why.

The woods were in the news earlier this year when a number of of frightening baby dolls were discovered nailed to its trees.

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The wildlife and woodland haven is a picturesque place to take a hike, with breathtaking scenery and stunning walking trails.

baby dolls nailed to trees in cannock chase
Baby dolls were found nailed to trees in Cannock Chase

However, according to the list put together by GardeningExpress.co.uk to mark the build-up to Halloween, it also has a dark side.

A spokesperson for the firm said: “With Halloween around the corner, we’ve researched and revealed some of the scariest outdoor spaces in the country.

“These are places steeped in history, myths and legends, from cursed trees to vampires and werewolves. The entirety of one certain village has earned a spooky reputation over the years, and whilst you might assume every cemetery could be haunted to some degree, there’s one in particular that trumps the others.”

The spookiest outdoor spaces in the UK

1. Cannock Chase, West Midlands

The chase is a beautiful place for a walk.

Cannock Chase is a large densely woodland area that has become known as one of the UK's most active paranormal hotspots.

Most famously, it's known for its 'werewolf' sightings and, according to myths, the monster prowls the outskirts of Stafford.

There have been numerous reports from people who live in the area who say they've seen what they claim to be a 'hairy wolf-type creature' walking on its hind legs around the German War Cemetery, just off Camp Road, between Stafford and Cannock.

Several of the witnesses claim the creature sprang up on its hind legs and ran into the nearby bushes when it was spotted.

2. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

Reported hauntings have terrified members of staff at Heligan for many years, with one gardener refusing to lock up the garden on his own at night.

A link is often made between the ‘atmosphere’ at Heligan and the amount of staff that were lost during the First World War.

The most haunted areas are the rockery, melon garden and fruit store, where some gardeners prefer to work in pairs.

3. Green Park, London

A great place to head for a restful afternoon in the sun, but not all of the parkland is as welcoming.

Legend has it that there’s one sinister “Death Tree” within the grounds which should be avoided at all costs.

It’s said that anyone who falls asleep in the shade of the tree’s branches never wakes up again.

The tree has only been identified in the past by claims of a black figure that’s been spotted under the tree, park wardens have said they’ve heard a man’s voice around the area, and moans have been heard coming from the tree.

4.Queen’s Park, Glasgow

The 150-acre park is situated on the south side of the city and is the site of the Battle of Langside in 1568, which is said to have marked the start of the Marian civil war.

Hundreds of the 10,000 men who fought there died - and it’s now said that the ghosts of the dead soldiers are spotted near the boating lake on the anniversary of the battle on May 13.

5. Rowton Moor, Chester

The Battle of Rowton Moor took place here during the English Civil War in 1645 and it appears to have left its mark on the land.

It was one of the bloodiest battles of the conflict, with a huge number of English soldiers brutally killed here.

The area is now said to be haunted by the ghosts of men on horseback, who, legend has it, appear each year around September 24.

6. Berry Pomeroy, Devon

Britain's most haunted castle - Berry Pomeroy in Devon
Reputedly Britain's most haunted castle - Berry Pomeroy in Devon

No-one is quite sure what happened to Berry Pomeroy castle, as the shell of a once-great building is all that’s left.

Apart from a café, it is creepily empty. Allegedly, a ‘Blue Lady’ is known for luring in passers-by, only for them to fall of their death.

There are also myths of a ‘White Lady’ who haunts the dungeons after being imprisoned there.

7. Pluckley Village, Kent

The entire village of Pluckley has a reputation for being among the most-haunted in Britain – and it was named just that by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989.

Between 12 and 16 ghost sightings have been reported in the village, including a screaming man, a highwayman who appears at "Fright Corner", a schoolmaster found hanged by a group of children and an old woman who used to sit on a bridge smoking.

8. Highgate Cemetery, London

In a letter to the Hampstead and Highgate Express in 1970, a vampire sighting was reported by an onlooker who had noticed it when passing the cemetery.

He said he glimpsed "a grey figure" and asked if others had seen anything similar. Several people replied describing a variety of ghosts said to haunt the cemetery or the adjoining Swains Lane.

The ghosts were described as a tall man in a hat, a spectral cyclist, a woman in white, a face glaring through the bars of a gate, a figure wading into a pond, a pale gliding form, bells ringing and voices calling out.