Original article from Kent Live
Deep in the Kentish countryside is one of our county's last great mysteries.
The Lady in the Woods still stands around nine-feet tall in a remote clearing, no doubt terrifying anyone who happens to come across her who didn't know she was there.
She is a wooden sculpture, carved out of an ancient oak tree that is still rooted in the ground.
Around her feet, branches have been laid in an apparently ritualistic circle.
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Twigs and leaves hang around her neck and over her clasped hands, just below a faceless head.
It all makes for an extraordinary sight. And a pretty creepy one too.
Just as remarkable is how little seems to be known about this beautiful sculpture.
Local legend has it that she was created by a student artist in the 1970s.
But no-one has ever been identified or stepped forward to claim her as their work.
The Lady in the Woods stands just off a public footpath in Kite Hill Wood, deep in the Kentish countryside and pretty much slap bang in the middle of Faversham, Maidstone and Ashford.
The walk to her took around 20 minutes from Coldharbour Road, although apparently there are several routes to the spot.
After parking up off the tight country lane, I walked down a stony track, eventually coming to a sign pointing to a public footpath to the right.
From there it was a hike up a narrow path, with a bush on one side and breathtaking views over fields to the left.
It then narrowed further and soon bushes surrounded on both sides, before finally Kite Hill Wood appeared on the left.
To give you an idea of just how secluded it is, by this point in the journey I hadn't seen another human for around 45 minutes.
Not a single car passed me on the drive down the winding lanes, and I passed not a single person on the walk.
It's a bit of a spooky feeling after a while.
Finally, I spotted the slightest of clearings within the bushes on the left, and ducked down to get through.
Coming to the other side, I was greeted by a sight that seemed to literally make my heart stop.
Right in front of me was the tall, dark figure I had been looking for.
The Lady in the Woods.
The first impression was just what a beautiful piece of art it is.
She is impressively tall, with beautiful lines in the way she has been carved.
Stood alongside her in the quiet seclusion, only the slightest sounds of woodland to be heard, it felt strange and special.
Then suddenly, the crunches of footsteps nearby. There was a figure approaching down the footpath.
The first person I had seen in nearly an hour, and right at the moment when my heart was already beating fast thanks to the nine foot creepy faceless statue in front of me.
I quickly spotted that it was a female dog walker, who turned straight into the clearing and was clearly a bit shocked to find me there too.
We got talking however, and by a bizarre stroke of luck, it was the very person who has responsibility for looking after the Lady in the Woods, applying linseed oil once a year and doing any other maintenance necessary.
She didn't want to be named or pictured, but gave some useful background information lacking elsewhere.
"My neighbour looked after her for 25 years," the woman told me.
"She knew the local woodsman and he asked her if she'd like to do it.
"But then she moved away, so before she left we agreed that I'd take over.
"I love doing it – she is so special.
"Some people say she is creepy but I don't think so. I think she's amazing.
"She's got no face, so I like to think you can come down here and stand here and she can reflect whatever mood you are in."
The woman said it was people who visited who laid the branches around her in a circle and around her neck.
She thought they might do rituals in the clearing, but wasn't sure.
She said not many people seemed to know about the sculpture, nor who the sculptor was.
"I'm not sure – there are a few people in the area who know a bit more than me.
"I heard that he was an art student who was staying locally at the time, possibly foreign.
"I got the impression from what people said he was a bit of a transient type."
We walked back down the footpath together, talking about how unbelievably secluded the place was, before saying goodbye.
Unfortunately, it was as much as I was able to discover about the mysterious Lady in the Woods.
Which is pretty remarkable in itself.
There are few mysteries left in the modern world, let alone ones involving breathtaking, secluded walks and stunning pieces of art created by persons unknown.
Whatever her origins, let us hope that the Lady in the Woods continues to stand in her place for many more years.
She is definitely one of the most intriguing things I have ever come across.