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Bridgend's spookiest locations...

Halloween is the time of year to celebrate all the things that go bump in the night. Take a wander through Bridgend County and you'll discover medieval castles, ancient villages and even a lost city or two. Here are just some of the spookiest places to uncover…

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Sker House, Porthcawl
This 12th century, 800-year old mansion is known as one of the most haunted places in Wales and was immortalised in the Victorian novel The Maid of Sker. The house is known for its vivid and violent past, included 16th century carnage against Catholics, upon whose faith the house was founded. Witnesses have heard wailing cries and high screams, as well as a general feeling of dread and unease...

The village of Llangynwyd
Of the many legends surrounding this village there is a unique Welsh tradition called Mari Lwyd which is undoubtedly the creepiest. The ancient Celtic ritual involves a mare's skull being fixed to a long wooden pole and paraded around the town. Be sure to visit around New Year to experience this unusual event!

Ogmore Castle
These picturesque ruins were once home to a court of justice and prison. Unsurprising, then, that it is home to a number of chilling ghost stories the Ghost y Ladi Wen (the white lady) which reportedly guarded the castle's treasure and Lady Wen's revenge was said to fall on the person who died before being able to disclose the location of the treasure.

Candleston Castle
The 14th century manor house is located on the edge of the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes. Old stones and crosses have been found near the castle where ghosts are said to wander. The spookily-named 'Goblin stone' is believed to be haunted by a ghost who encourages people to touch the stone, which then traps them by their hands and feet. Legend has it the only way to escape is to pray!

The Prince, Kenfig
Overlooking the buried city of Kenfig, which was covered by coastal sand dunes in the 13th century, there is now a a wonderful pool for families to explore. Thus the Prince was built to act as a town hall after the first one was buried. Stretching right the way back to the 15th century, this was even once a courthouse that sentenced criminals to death.

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