Trail of the Hound of the Baskervilles may lead to a Yorkshire moor

BY SOPHIE HAZAN A new theory – that the most terrifying hound in fiction was inspired by the Yorkshire Dales – is gathering momentum.

For more than a century people have believed the origin of the Hound of the Baskervilles lay in Dartmoor – where its creator, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, set his story of the same name.

But startling new evidence points to Trollers Gill, near Skipton, which will feature in a new TV programme tracking the links between Yorkshire and the Victorian thriller writer and creator of the detective Sherlock Holmes.

The new show will look at the origins of Conan Doyle's story The Hounds of the Baskervilles and the theory that it was based on the Barguest – a saucer-eyed wolf-like creature which legend says lived in Trollers Gill along with trolls and sprites.

TV series writer/director Chris Phipps looks at the theory that Conan Doyle heard about the legend from his mother who lived in Masongill in the far northern reaches of the Craven area.

Conan Doyle himself was married and lived in Thornton in Lonsdale near Ingleton. His wife's family owned land next to the home of the Baskerville family in Gloucestershire.

Ex-Scarborough vicar-turned-author GP Taylor, who presents the show, becomes convinced the hound is from Yorkshire. GP Taylor's Uninvited Guests begins on January 10 at 7.30pm on Tyne Tees TV and will be screened every Tuesday for six weeks.