Looking towards Hopwas from the Hopwas Wood Bridge on the Coventry Canal (To the Woods!)

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pedrocut on March 6, 2010

If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise

The Hopwas Wood Bridge leads over the Coventry Canal into Hopwas Wood.

“Set in the heart of Hopwas Wood, in the rural Midlands, Smith begins his eerie tale of satanic urges…First published back in 1975, The Sucking Pit was Guy N. Smith's second published novel, following the release of his debut novel Werewolf By Moonlight in 1974. The Sucking Pit was soon to be haled as an all-time pulp horror classic and subsequently saw itself re-issued in 1978 and 1989. Even a board game of the spectacular Sucking Pit adventures was contrived at one stage, but only on a very minimal scale”.

Witchcraft in Hopwas woods near Tamworth, Staffordshire… Opinion, Tamworth Herald Friday 29th June 1984

Back in 1984 strange goings on were reported at Hopwas Woods. A local newspaper the Tamworth Herald, carried stories of nude witchcraft rituals and the like. An 'International' occult group, The Order of the Silver Star, conducted magical rituals in the woods.

Voar Alto on March 7, 2010

Hi Peter, nice place for a walk,very good reflections,nice shot.Greetings Eduardo.

©junebug on March 7, 2010

This is a wonderful picture of a lovely place, Peter! It looks very inviting for a long walk! I love the reflections in this photo! Thanks for the background information which is very interesting! Best wishes, Anne

Brownhills Bob on March 10, 2010

Hi Pedro

Hopwas Hayes Wood has always had odd goings on. It was home to artillery and a grenade range for several years, and my teenage rides around the area in the eighties were often punctuated by the sound of machine gun fire.

I remember the local papers getting very het up about the witchcraft thing, it was a real scandal at the time it happened.

I wasn't aware of the book, must try to hunt it down.

The military seem to have stopped using the wood now, and it's a peaceful, green and shady place for fine walks, but it still retains that mystical air.

Best wishes


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  • Uploaded on March 6, 2010
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    by pedrocut
    • Camera: Canon DIGITAL IXUS 900Ti
    • Taken on 2007/01/04 11:19:31
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