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Malcolm Hanson - Skipton tourist guide

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Skipton history; Ghosts and Legends; Calendar Girl Country; Haworth - Land of the Brontës - and for 2006 Keighley's Darkest Secrets and the first Malta Ghost Walk

Let qualified tour leader, Malcolm Hanson, entertain, educate, enthrall and, perhaps, even scare you...

In 2000 Skipton was awarded money from the Millennium Fund to set up a  Millennium Walk around the town. By coincidence I had arrived in Skipton that week and, looking for something to do with my time, applied for the post of Millennium Walk guide. To win the job I had to learn the history of Skipton and, in a very short time, take a group of visitors on the walk and convince them I was a true-blue Skiptonian with a life-long knowledge of the town. So it began.

I am still available to take people on the Millennium Walk if they wish, but I’ve come a long, long way since those early days, and now my walks and tours are widespread. The following are all on offer to group travel and other organisations:-

The Skipton Experience. A block-busting guided tour through Skipton’s illustrious history. Covers Richard III and Henry VIII influences on the town - historic buildings - myths & traditions - odd characters. This tour lasts approximately 90 mins. It can be combined with a meal at Bizzie Lizzies Fish Restaurant. For more details check out the Skipton Experience page.

Ghost Tours of Skipton. An extremely popular ghost walk. Phantom coaches - a glass-coffined boy - spectral faces at Skipton Castle - ghost dogs - witches ducking stool - strange characters - and the much-celebrated “Ghosts of Sheep Street.” This tour lasts approximately 90 mins. It can be combined with a meal at Bizzie Lizzies Fish Restaurant. For more details check out the ghost page.

The Dark Side of Haworth. Visiting the site of the mysterious death of Lily Cove - uncovering the secret of the church tower - does Tom Mix really lie in Haworth? - a landlord’s terrible revenge on his neighbours - the ghosts of Haworth Old Hall…and much more. This tour last approximately 90 mins. It can be combined with a meal at Haworth Old Hall.

The Dark Side of Skipton. An addition to existing Skipton Experience/Ghost Walks of Skipton tours: The Dark Side of Skipton guided walk compliments my third book The Dark Side of Town and visits two murder sites and several recently discovered haunted buildings, plus some more odd characters and “Off the Wall” history. This tour lasts approximately 90 mins. It can be combined with a meal at Bizzie Lizzies Fish Restaurant.

Halloween Specials. Early evening Halloween ghost walks specially devised for children and parents take place over the nights of 30th and 31st of October and 1st of November. These will take place at 7.00pm and last approximately 90 mins. A late-night adults-only Horror Walk will also take place in 2004. For details check out the Halloween page.  

Calendar Girl Country. Put together a true story, a true-to-life film that became a box-office smash, and one “in-the-know” guide. Throw in a luxury coach and what have you got? THE perfect way to spend an afternoon exploring an enthralling area a few miles north of Skipton fast becoming known as “Calendar Girls Country.” This tour has everything: real-life locations - film locations - true anecdotes - even a guide who was in the film! Arrangements can also be made for refreshment-breaks at primary film locations. 

Keighley's Darkest Secrets. This spectacularly frightening ghost walk was the hit of Keighley Festival 2005, when, for the very first time, Keighley became the focus for paranormal activity after the festival launch of Malcolm Hanson's book: Keighley's Darkest Secrets. This walk includes graveyard ghosts, strange buildings, satanic cults and violent murders - NOT for the squeamish!

The Ghosts of Malta - Valletta Ghost Walk. Created in December 2005, with an informal launch in January 2006, the Valletta Ghost Walk is a must for anyone visiting the Island of Malta . However, until the walk can become fully operational, with Malcolm Hanson as guide, it will only take place in the winter months, but there will be a do-it-yourself guide book: Malcolm Hanson's Do-It-Yourself Valletta Ghost Walk published in the spring of 2006. A mixture of ghosts, haunted buildings and...vampires!

..."I have walked with ghosts all my life; in England I have four regular ghost walks - Haworth, Keighley, Settle and Skipton, while in Malta I now have Valletta. I have published books that are crammed full of true-life ghost stories; some drawn from tradition; others direct from the mouths of interviewees. All have one thing in common: all my ghosts exist or have existed at one time - and they all form part of my ghost walks - be they anywhere in the world"...

For tour prices and dates, please Contact Us.  

For Calendar Girl Country prices, please see Calendar Girls.

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