Skeleton Teeth and the Witch Tree

Walking with a Smacked Pentax

The Chevin

When we were kids, we often used to get on our push bikes and roam far and wide, riding for miles over the moors and surrounding areas. One of our haunts was the Witch Tree on Otley Chevin.

It is an ancient, half burned out tree in a small, quiet glade, at the end of a short wooded path. But we always found it mysterious, and we believed it was once haunted by an old witch who lived in one of the little rock shelters nearby. We never stayed there for long, and never after dark. I remember when I was in the Cubs we went on a midnight hike once, and our Leader wouldn’t go past the Witch Tree as it was dark – even he knew about it and it’s sinister reputation!

The Chevin is a 925 ft. hill which dominates the market town of Otley, the town is tucked away at it’s bottom…

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