Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

 
Headless on Headless

Location: Skipsea (Yorkshire) - Roads around town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The headless highwayman seen around this area rides a headless horse. A road on a hill south of the town is haunted by a woman wearing black, who quickly vanishes just before reaching a hill.


 
Clifford's Coach

Location: Skipton (Yorkshire) - High Street
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Midnight, prior to a death in the family (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The appearance of Lady Ann Clifford in her horse drawn coach was said to herald the death of the owner of the local castle.


 
Young Girl on Horseback

Location: Slapton (Buckinghamshire) - Road from Slaptonbury Mill (no longer standing) to farm on other side of the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1980
Further Comments: Legend says that the girl and her horse were both drowned when the mill stream flooded; the sound of the horse's hooves can still be heard. One driver reported seeing a well dressed person upon a white horse as they travelled between Ivinghoe Aston and Slapton. They feared that they had hit the horse, so stopped, only to find no one there.


 
1934 Austin

Location: Sligachan (Highland) - A850 road from the town, leading to Portree
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Racing around the roads, witnesses pull over to let this car overtake them as it approached rapidly from behind - but it always vanishes before reaching them.


 
White Horse

Location: Slindon (Sussex) - Area around village and Fontwell Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Often seen early in the morning, this riderless phantom steed moves towards witnesses and dissolves away seconds before reaching them. The entity may be related to the ghostly carriage pulled by a team of horses which was said to pass through the village along the lane close to the old butcher's shop.


 
Man in Black

Location: Smisby (Derbyshire) - Forties Lane
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1967
Further Comments: Walking the area in silence, this phantom is described as dressed in a long open jacket with many small buttons, a waistcoat, tie, short trousers with matching stockings and a top hat.


 
Airman

Location: Snailwell (Cambridgeshire) - Country road between Snailwell and Chippenham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2012, around 17:00h
Further Comments: During home in thick fog a driver had to slowly pass a US airman who was walking in the middle of the road. As the driver passed, they noticed that the airman did not appear to see the car and seemed to be glowing.


 
Grey Figure

Location: Snape (Suffolk) - Road between Snape and Sternfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 22 December 1974, 18:00h
Further Comments: Reported to the BSIG, a couple driving away from Snape encountered a dark grey humanoid shape which moved from the middle of the road and vanished into a hedge.


 
Dead Zone

Location: Sotterley (Suffolk) - Jay's Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Along this road is said to be a patch of land, the site of a murder, where nothing grows.


 
Disappearing Dog

Location: Soulbury (Buckinghamshire) - Road between Soulbury & Stewkley
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1880
Further Comments: A large black dog here often escorted a local farmer as he drove his cart to market. When a girl tried to pat its head, it vanished.


 
Flagging Figure

Location: South Mimms (Hertfordshire) - Unnamed road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Spring 1935
Further Comments: Several motorists (and a vicar on his bike) encountered a figure who stood on the roadside flagging down travellers, only to vanish seconds later.


 
Eyeless Lady

Location: South Raynham (Norfolk) - Road between South Raynham & East Raynham
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1950s (?)
Further Comments: Some believe this phantom woman in brown with empty eye sockets to be the same entity who haunts the nearby hall.


 
Cu Sith

Location: South Uist (Outer Hebrides) - Road alongside Lochnan Eilean?
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: September 1949
Further Comments: A woman walking with two friends in the pitch dark watched as a self-illuminating dog, the size of a collie but with a small head and no eyes, ran towards her. The creature vanished as it bounded past, but the two men with her saw nothing at all. Once she reached home and described what had happened to her aunt, the older woman told her it was a Cu Sith, a fairy dog.


 
Slim Woman Crossing

Location: Southsea (Hampshire) - Zebra Crossing, Elm Grove
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010
Further Comments: A driver stopped at the crossing to allow a woman to cross the road. She was in her 30s or 40s, wearing a short skirt and knee high boots. As she started to cross, the driver heard the car behind sound its horn. The driver glanced in their rear view mirror for a second, before looking back to the road - the woman had vanished.


 
Man in Black Cloak

Location: Southwick (Wiltshire) - A361 Frome Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1993
Further Comments: This strange figure, described as tall and well built, has been seen along this road. The entity may have been responsible for a mysterious car accident in 1992, which killed the driver. The area has also been the scene of several ABC reports.


 
Headless Kidnapper

Location: Spurstow (Cheshire) - Dead Man's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A member of the Spurstow family was beheaded as a kidnap attempt that he had masterminded went wrong. His headless shade now walks along the road that the body was taken.


 
Coach

Location: St Andrews Bay (Fife) - West Sands Road, and general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy weather
Further Comments: This spectral coach and four is seen passing through the area, vanishing in a puff of blue smoke and leaving only the reek of sulphur.


 
Black Dog

Location: St Audries (Somerset) - Road between village and Holford
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: If it was not bad enough that this stretch of road was haunted by a shuck, some also say the area is also home to a phantom coffin that lies ominously in the middle of the lane and also a grey misty shade of indeterminate origin.


 
Noisy Dog

Location: St Blazey (Cornwall) - Road near town
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This large black dog (some say it is a bear) is said to have sounded like a horse trotting, startling the witnesses who had expected to see a pony.


 
White Figure

Location: St Helens (Lancashire) - Castle Hill area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This pale figure, thought to be connected to the archaeological dig in the same area, is said to have once pushed a motorcyclist from his bike. It is still seen, normally lurking behind trees.


 
Galloping

Location: St Just (Cornwall) - Road between St Just & Tregeseal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy weather
Further Comments: The sounds of horses pulling a carriage have been reported coming from this stretch of road during stormy nights.


 
Middle Aged Woman with Flowery Hat

Location: St Osyth (Essex) - Priory Gate House, along road
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: Appearing mysteriously in the back seat of a car driven by a young man, this ghostly hitchhiker disappeared when the shaken driver pulled over. A pedestrian in the area also reported a strange petite person who slowly faded away.


 
Head Thrower

Location: Staffin (Highland) - Road in the area, exact location not known
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This macabre, phantasmic entity would attack and kill unwary travellers by pulling off its own head and throwing it at them!


 
Bloody Horseman

Location: Staindrop (Durham) - A688 between town and Raby Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom rider on a white horse has his face covered in blood. The entities are said to slowly descend into the ground.


 
Headless Lass

Location: Stainmore (Cumbria) - Stainmore Pass
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1937
Further Comments: A driver stuck in snow on this pass went for a quick walk on the moorland while waiting for help. He reported seeing a headless woman sitting upon a white horse. A legend claims this to be the daughter of a Norman landowner who was killed by a Saxon chieftain after kidnapping her.


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