This mysterious tale takes place in the area which in just a few years would become known as Dracula's homeland. Jules Verne has the knack of it. He knows how to make the scientifically romantic story. You might not know what a "nyctalop" was, but if you saw one flapping his wings around the dark fortress in the Carpathians, you would run for it, as did Nic Deck.. Orfanik is head conjurer, and in his trial he explains how he brought into play for a wicked purpose a variety of ingenious inventions.
It seemed fitting to place this cache near to a local castle that also has some mystery of its own...
One evening in 1976 a couple were walking past this ruined Elizabethan mansion standing in the middle of the village when the woman suddenly stopped and said ` Who's That?`. A few yards away was the figure of a lady in a black silk dress and ` a white apron down to her knees`. The husband, unable to see the apparition or at least he said he was, tried to reassure his wife, when the ghost suddenly disappeared. Unbeknown to each other was the fact that the lady with the silk dress has been seen several times, on so many occasions that timid villagers are reluctant to go anywhere near the old buildings.
Mr. J. Moore of Harshill, on being interviewed by the local 'Chronicle' stated that his family had lived in the `castle` for over two hundred years but now in such a state of disrepair it is used merely as a store in connection with a small holding. When his younger brother saw the ghostly figure some years ago he appealed to `The Bishop to carry out an exorcism`, but this was never carried out. `She would come so close that she almost brushed by and you could hear the rustle of her dress`.
Over 50 years ago Mr. Moore`s grandfather discovered a subterranean passage leading from the building to nearby Merevale Hall and his mother told him that there was a skeleton in the tunnel, the remains of the last man who tried to walk the passage. Or could it be the phantom female is connected with the skeleton in some way?.
The view of the castle from the cache is super and I placed it with Milly in tow, however there is a climb to be had before reaching the cache site.