Jill Wade was perplexed to find pointed, hoof-like marks in freshly fallen snow at her home in Woolsery, North Devon Photo, 13th March 2009.
Legend has it that on February 8, 1855, a trail of hoof-like marks following straight lines appeared in the snow for more than 100 miles across South Devon.
It was also recorded that the tracks were seen on one side of 14 foot walls, and again on the other side, had passed through locked gardens, and over houses, as if they were no barrier.
Nearly 154 years to the day Mrs Wade a retired local government officer, awoke and looked out of her bedroom window to see the eerie footprints stretching across her garden.
She says the footprints stretched 60 to 70 feet across her garden in an arch shape running from below her window to the other side of her garden.
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An ancient legend involving a visit to Devon by Satan has been reawakened after a great-grandmother discovered a mysterious set of footprints in her snow laden back garden on
13th March 2009
She said: "I looked in the garden and it really intrigued me. It was a complete blanket of snow there was no other marks in the snow at all. I cannot believe what I saw the footprints were in the shape of a cloven hoof."
Mrs Wade could not account for the footprints so called in the nearby Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ).
The CFZ immediately dispatched zoologist Graham Inglis to look at the footprints which were around 5in long with a stride of between 11 and 17 inches.
They quickly recognised that the clearly defined tracks bore striking similarities to those which appeared across South Devon in February 1855.
The unexplained phenomenon became known as the Great Devon Mystery.