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Wistman's Wood

Wistman's Wood

The Devonshire variation of Gwyn ap Nudd and his Wild Hunt resides here in Wistman's Wood.  The Unseelie Court has made it's way down to Wistman's Wood in the form of the devil and his whist hounds.  They are said to be kenneled down below the gnarled and twisted roots of the trees and when the time is right, they roam with their dark master across the moor, with fiery eyes and black coats.  The huntmaster is a giant of a man, carrying a hunting spear across his back and a horn slung about his neck.  Be careful not to leave the door ajar, as this allows them entry and they have been known to carry infant children off, never to be seen again.

 One tragic story has a man coming home late one night from Widdecombe Fair.  The spectral hounds dashed by him as he went, spurred on by their dark master and the man called out to him, "How goes the hunt?"  The dark man called back, "Take that!" and tossed him a satchel.  The man picked up the gift and made it home safely, only to discover as he opened the bundle that it contained the body of his infant son.