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Devils Footprints

The Devil’s Footprints is an unsolved mystery about a set of strange tracks that appeared in the newly-fallen snow in Devon, England in 1855.

Devil's Footprints

It was the 9th of February 1855 when the Devil’s Footprints first appeared. The townspeople in Country Devon, England woke up that morning to find thousands of mysterious tracks in the snow. The tracks resembled footprints left by a cloven hoof and they extended through an area that covered several towns.

The mysterious footprints were found to go up the sides of walls, into gardens, onto roofs, up and down the sides of fences, where it was impossible for any person or animal to go. Some of the tracks just came to a stop in the middle of nowhere as if their owner had suddenly vanished.

Some stopped abruptly and continued after a large break and others stopped at high walls, only to continue on the other side, leaving the snow on top of the wall untouched. A set of footprints even went across the river Exe, continuing on the other side as if whoever or whatever had left them had passed straight across the water.

A feeling of deep unease spread through the people who lived in the area and many believed that the footprints could only have been made by the devil himself.

There were also rumours about sightings of a “devil-like figure” in the Devon area during the scare. Many townspeople armed themselves and attempted to track down the beast responsible, without success.

There were those who refused to believe that the footprints had been made by the devil. They came up with their own theories. Some said the townspeople might have been nuts and imagined the whole thing. Others thought that the tracks could have been left by hopping mice.

Some theorized that a balloon might have floated across the landscape trailing a rope, making odd tracks in the snow on its way. Yet more people said it could have been caused by kangaroos who escaped from the zoo, although the footprints looked nothing like the tracks a kangaroo would leave.

Do you really think these theories are likely? Perhaps it is easier to believe in unlikely explanations rather than accept that the Devil visited Devon one cold Winter’s night and stalked through the towns, looking for sinners to drag down to hell?

Today, the Devil’s Footprints remain an unsolved mystery and the strange phenomenon is still unexplained.

40 Comments

  • There have been many stories resembling this one which have been going around for years in different parts of the world. Although, I can think of a scarier true phenomenon… “The Black Eyed Children…”

    Seriously. Google it.

  • @Kagamine Rin
    Goats are considered the devils animal so a goat would make sence. Does this sill happen today?

  • I’ve known about this story for a long time and it used to scare the bejesus outta me to think there are unknown cryptids wandering through our backyards at night…but…when I found out that crop circles were a hoax, I began thinking that maybe other weird mysteries were too. And even though it seems almost unlikely, the footprints, COULD’VE been a hoax, although I’d very much like to find out how the prints were created. There are some brilliant masterminds out there though….if ppl can create crop circles without leaving footprints, then they can undoubtedly find a way to do this…

  • I do believe it is the devil, or a devil like creature. I don’t see how it could be a escaped kangaroo or kangaroo mice though, cause they can’t go up and down fences. And plus, none of those creatures would like to be in the snow since it would be cold.

  • KILL THEM SFK AND BY THE WAY SCARY FOR KIDS I NEED A STORY RIGHT AWAY NOW OR ELSE I WIL BE STANDING TODAY AT THE FOOT OF YOUR BED I WILL BE WAITING FOR MIDNIGHT
    I’LL BE THERE 👊

    Just joking

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