Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

 
 


A Cyclist Pulls Out

Location: A12 (Suffolk) - Junction between Jay Lane and Rackham's Corner
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1988, Winter, Late afternoon, again in August 2001
Further Comments: Driving back to Great Yarmouth, a driver and his wife watched as a cyclist pulled out in front of their car, while travelling at 70 mph. They hit him, but felt no bump, and could find no trace that the cyclist had ever existed. A phantom jaywalker has also been seen in this area, described as having a weird and horrible leer.


 
 


Tall Biker

Location: A15 (Lincolnshire) - A15 northbound near Ruskington turning
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 November 2013
Further Comments: A driver spotted a tall male figure, wearing a leather jacket, with medium length black hair standing on the roadside. The witness said that the figure literally appeared out of nowhere and vanished soon after being seen.


 
 


Road Crossers

Location: A23 (Sussex) - Various locations
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: A plethora of ghostly figures have been reported on this road, from London to Brighton. Most appear to interact with drivers - one male figure walks in front of a car, only to disappear when hit, while figures dressed in light coloured clothing have also been observed.


 
 


Old Man

Location: A272 (Sussex) - A272 / A24 junction (Buck Barn crossroads)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: October 1947
Further Comments: An aging man sitting on a stone stood up and walked into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. The cyclist felt the impact, but retained his balance and took several seconds to stop and turn back to the scene of the accident. However, the old man had vanished.


 
 


Box Carriage

Location: A31 (Surrey) - Hogs Back, Guildford bound. 1 mile Northeast of Tongham junction
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 08 January 2007, 22:40h, and 1960s (around 03:00h)
Further Comments: En route home in 2007, a driver watched a horse drawn box carriage cross the road around 100 metres in front of him. The witness reported that he could not make out too many details as it was raining hard, though he was able to see a dim lantern towards the front of the carriage. As the driver reached the spot where he had seen the vehicle pass, he realised there was no side road where the coach and horses could have crossed. Another witness in the 1960s spotted a female figure with long hair, wearing a white dress, standing by the roadside. The witness stopped to see if she was lost or needed a lift, but she had vanished. Mentioning the encounter to a work colleague the following day, the colleague described the figure which was encountered and said the area was haunted.


 
 


Red Bus

Location: A324 (Surrey) - Road heading towards Pirbright
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1995
Further Comments: Driving towards Pirbright in a convertible, this witness passed an old fashioned bus as it headed in the opposite direction. However, no sound came from the bus, and there was no smell of exhaust or wind turbulence generated as their paths crossed. The driver of the convertible also realised that his headlights did not reflect off the bus, which he later identified as 1920's Dennis J Type of the Aldershot and District bus company.


 
 


Car Crossing

Location: A4 (Hampshire) - Road west of Hungerford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom car crosses the road on a rise, vanishing as it does so.


 
 


Henry Watts

Location: A4 (Wiltshire) - Memorial between Marlborough and Hungerford (now relocated)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1956
Further Comments: Henry Watts erected a memorial along this road to his son Alfie after the boy was killed in a cart accident in 1879. Four people spotted a tall man in a long coat standing by the memorial one evening as they all travelled home, but he vanished when they stopped the car nearby. Some speculated the ghost was concerned that the cross would be destroyed by the planned widening of the road, but instead the memorial was carefully relocated close by.


 
 


Black Human Shape

Location: A442 (Shropshire) - Between Telford and Bridgenorth
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 11 March 2009, 20:00h
Further Comments: Halfway between Telford and Bridgenorth, both passenger and driver of a car spotted a black human shape wearing a long coat, on the side of the road. They thought the figure would step out in front of the car, but it disappeared before doing so.


 
 


Horsemen

Location: A58 (Yorkshire) - A58 / A641 junction, also known as Hell Fire Corner
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Both ghostly horsemen and phantom car have reported around this junction. The area is considered an accident black spot, so the question to ask is do the ghosts cause the accidents, or are they the products?


 
 


City Gent

Location: A83 (Argyll and Bute) - Past the A815 junction, heading towards ferry
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1980s, 04:30h
Further Comments: Two people travelling to the ferry in the early hours of the morning drove past a man walking along the isolated road. He wore a dark woollen coat with a bowler hat, and carried an umbrella and a briefcase. The night sky was pitch black, and the man did not have a light source. The witnesses remained curious about the figure for years afterwards, as he was so out of place, and later found out the area was haunted by a figure dressed in similar clothing, woefully inadequate for the environment he walks.


 
 


Ornate Coach

Location: A9 (Perth and Kinross) - From Pitlochry heading towards Newtonmore
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - 2000s?
Further Comments: A husband and wife, together with their 12 year old son, all saw a golden coach pulled by white horses, accompanied by well dressed coachmen in white wigs. Even though the road was quite busy, the coach travelled towards oncoming traffic, albeit on the side of the road, but no other drivers appeared to notice it.


 
 


Glowing Face

Location: A92 (Angus) - Road approaching Arbrouth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A driver and her son encountered a strange woman standing on the roadside. The area was completely unlit, but the woman's head was illuminated as if it was a lantern.


 
 


Romans

Location: Abbotsbury (Dorset) - New Barn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghosts of Roman Centurions are reputed to haunt the hills in this area.


 
 


Hosea Pope

Location: Aberbeeg (Gwent) - A4046 to Ebbw Vale
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Hosea Pope was a policeman who was murdered while trying to arrest a man named James Wise. Pope's ghost has since been seen along this stretch of road.


 
 


The Clencher

Location: Aberdeen (Aberdeenshire) - Union Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Many people have reported feeling this entity grab their arms or legs, holding on for several seconds before letting go. It is believed to be a little girl who died violently nearby.


 
 


David Bowen

Location: Aberhowy (Powys) - Road to village from Cardigan Bay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Foggy nights (last reported 1956?)
Further Comments: The ghost of David on his push bike is said to guide people along the road when the weather is densely foggy and dangerous. Bowen lost his son in an automobile accident on such a night, and now tries to ensure such a tragedy never happens again.


 
 


Coach with Headless Driver

Location: Abington (Northamptonshire) - Pig Lane (lane may no longer exist or has been renamed?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Racked with guilt after deliberately running over his daughter's lover in 1780, this man now continues to drive his coach and horses down the lane, though he has lost his head since death.


 
 


Screaming Girl

Location: Accrington (Lancashire) - Black Abbey Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly figure drifts quietly down the road, screaming only if approached. She was burnt to death after having a love affair with one of the monks.


 
 


Middle Aged Man

Location: Acle (Norfolk) - Heading west into Acle from Halvergate turnoff
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 30 March 2009
Further Comments: Passing the turn off to Halvergate towards Acle, a driver watched as a middle aged man walked out into the middle of the road (from the right hand side) in the path of their car. The figure turned to look at the driver, and the car passed straight through him.


 
 


Lady in Raincoat

Location: Alcester (Warwickshire) - A435, road near Coughton Court
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1990s
Further Comments: A couple driving along past the court spotted a pale middle aged woman standing by the roadside wearing a beige raincoat. She stepped into the road before vanishing. The figure has also been seen pushing a bike; another motorist reported hitting her as she stepped out of nowhere, and crashed his car as he span after trying to avoid her. A villager first on the scene reassured the driver that he was one of several people to have encountered the ghost that month. Separately, a phantom coach has also been reported along the road.


 
 


Drummer Boy

Location: Alconbury (Cambridgeshire) - Road between Alconbury and Alconbury Weston, near the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered by a highwayman, the ghost of the little drummer boy could be heard walking behind anyone travelling this stretch of road after sunset. His drum can be heard if the footsteps do not cause the witness to run away!


 
 


Nun

Location: Alconbury (Cambridgeshire) - Road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This stretch of road is reportedly the haunt of a nun who steps out in front of incoming cars and causes them to swerve. There is also another report of three ghostly crashed cars that silently burn at night.


 
 


Running

Location: Aldershot (Hampshire) - Alma Lane, between town and Barracks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s and 1972
Further Comments: The disembodied running heard along this lane has been attributed to a messenger who was taking the news of the victory at Waterloo to officers based at Aldershot - he was attacked and killed by robbers en route.


 
 


White Dog

Location: Alfriston (Sussex) - The White Way, road leading from the town towards Seaford
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature is reportedly the dog of a young man murdered while out walking during the 1700s - because the pitiful hound sat by the victim's shallow grave, the criminals killed it also. The haunting is said to have ceased after the bodies of dog and owner were discovered when the road was widened.


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