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Guy Notices A Hidden Place On OS Map So He Went There To Investigate And Found Something Spine Chilling

Guy Notices A Hidden Place On OS Map So He Went There To Investigate And Found Something Spine Chilling

A journey is something we all embark on.

And that journey is called life, and we experience new things every day until the day we die. Sometimes we expect these things, and sometimes they are truly unexpected.

One agnostic named Gawan Mac Greigair went on one such unexpected journey a few days ago. And found something he didn’t think he would.

You see he had bought an Ordnance Survey (national mapping agency in the United Kingdom) hiking map and found a worship symbol on it. Now, this may seem normal, but the symbol was actually ‘in the middle of bloody nowhere’ so he became quite curious.

It’s 4cm to 1 mile, so it’s the right scale to be able to include symbols for intriguing things in the landscape, including historic monuments, ancient earthworks, places of worship and so on.

I happened to have a free afternoon on that day, and there was heavy fog blanketing the top of the North Downs all day. I couldn’t resist the chance of an otherworldly walk in mist.

The North Downs is a range of chalk hills in Kent (which give the White Cliffs of Dover their whiteness) – it’s classed as ‘Ancient Countryside’, and it is full of secretive nooks and crannies, and has a long history.

I had seen this symbol on the map before and it had intrigued me because it seemed unusual that a place of worship would be located quite far from any village and that it would be right on the edge of a woodland.

This place is certainly one, helped by the apparent merging of this ancient human structure with the woodland crowding close.

The most memorable part was the moment when – after thinking I had lost my way in the wood – I was approaching where the symbol on the map seemed to suggest the place of worship ought to be.

I was straining to find it through the mist, which was difficult given that I didn’t know whether to look for a ruin, a pile of stones or an actual church. I think I gasped at the moment when I realized I was looking straight at it.

-Gawan Mac Greigair

Source: Twitter

This is the actual map and the worship symbol.

Which he was quite curious to find out about.

And he took a lot of beautiful and melancholy pictures along the way.

“I’m always moved by old wood banks, knowing that they’ve acted as boundaries for centuries, and this wood was bounded by one, topped with spaghetti beeches and hornbeams.”

“The first section of wood was dominated by hazel coppice, which I feel I don’t encounter very often. I always imagine hazel as a friendly tree, which is just as well in this very Poe fog.”

“I came to my first turn; I had to turn right, at a right angle, on reaching this flooded track.”

He was still thinking about what he would find at his mysterious destination.

“But the experience of the woodland in this dense fog was a joy – the every day took on an entirely different presence.”

“I came across a sudden steep hollow. It seemed unmarked by any horseshoe of close contour lines on the OS map.”

“So this is when I first started to suspect that I’d lost my way.”

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