Lately, I’ve been relishing hiking Kent’s countryside especially now while the weather has been warm with perfect blue skies and when discovering a haunted derelict, Stacklands Retreat House.
This most recent exploration took place from Shoreham Village. At the start of the walk, just past the church and through green wheat fields, about 60 wide steps greeted us – not easy to climb when having to take extra large steps, sometimes two strides to get up to the next step. However, once upon the ridge the view of the village below and fields of poppies in the near distance made it worth it.
Across an abandoned golf course, up another steep mound, through meadows with horses, cattle and working farms we reached the eerie building I couldn’t wait to photograph. Through thick shrubbery and trees I could just see the Stacklands Retreat House, a haunted derelict at West Kingsdown: Three large buildings close to each other sprayed with graffiti and strangled by ivy. Watch out for the broken glass, tiles and asbestos littered all over the grounds.
“Apparently, this is where priests came to reform after sinning in the church. One of them – known to be the founder – turned satanic and sacrificed those that were at this retreat.”
As soon as I could I researched the retreat and found mixed stories, but most of them mentioned the sacrificing of priests. So, it must be true then…! It’s definitely the more thrilling of the lot.
The photography opportunities were most satisfying indeed.