Claife Cryer

The old Claife Crier Sign

Local ghost of legend, who is believed to be the ghost of a monk from Furness Abbey in Medieval times, whose mission was the rescue of a fallen woman. He apparently fell in love with one who rejected him and he went mad, dying, crying his anguish on the heights of Claife, which his ghost has haunted ever since.

On one occasion, the ferryman mistook his cry for a call, and he went out for his fare. When he returned, his hair had turned white and he never spoke again. Subsequently, the ghost was exorcised and his spirit confined to the quarry known as the Crier of Claife Quarry (grid reference. SD 384981).

To this day there are stories of walkers being followed by a hooded figure at dusk on the heights of Claife...