Legendary Cromer Hall, Norfolk, England
Years ago, my friend Maureen and I explored the rugged beauty of the Norfolk Coast. We spent one night in Cromer, celebrated for its Victorian charm and Cromer crabs. While wining and dining at the Dolphin pub, our waiter shared the area's chilling tales and legends, including numerous sightings of "Black Shuck," the hellhound that may have inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who once spent a holiday there, to write The Hound of the Baskervilles. According to local legend, the calf-size hound with blazing eyes still prowls the coast between Sherringham and Overstrand. In the morning, we drove out to Cromer Hall, the ivy-clad home which is said to have inspired the description of Doyle's Baskerville Hall. While Maureen turned the car around at the groundskeeper's gate, we were quite startled by the gutteral bark of a hound. For sure, a memorable moment for both of us!