Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

 
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.


 
Pale Hitchhiker

Location: Stanbridge (Bedfordshire) - Station Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1979
Further Comments: Mr Fulton, returning from a darts match, stopped and picked up a young man dressed in shirt and trousers who was thumbing a lift here. A few miles down the road the driver turned to offer his passenger a cigarette, only to find that he had vanished.


 
Trotting Man with Hands Deep in Pockets

Location: Stanway (Essex) - Turkey Cock Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost in a raincoat has been seen as he materialises through a quickthorn hedge, moves down Turkey Cock Lane, turns towards the old London Road, before slowly fading from view.


 
Monk

Location: Stert (Wiltshire) - Land between church and Manor Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: A teenage girl walking home encountered a monk-like figure in this area. She described him as having a pale, cruel face concealed under his cowl.


 
White Woman with Handbag

Location: Stirton (near Skipton) (Yorkshire) - Road through the hamlet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2009, around 03:00h
Further Comments: Four friends driving through the area in the early hours of the morning caught in their headlights an older woman dressed in white, holding a white handbag, standing on a narrow grass verge. Concerned for the woman's wellbeing, they stopped around 25 metres up the road and reversed back to check on the woman, Although only thirty or so seconds had passed, the woman had gone, and a further twenty minutes of checking fields and further along the road turned up nothing.


 
Breathing

Location: Stock (Essex) - Broomwood Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1980s
Further Comments: A lad cycling along Broomwood Lane could hear extremely loud heavy breathing very close to him. Looking around for the source of the sound, none could be found, so he quickly peddled away.


 
Cowled Figure

Location: Stocksbridge (Yorkshire) - Stocksbridge bypass
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s, 2000s
Further Comments: The scene of many accidents (over 120 since 1988, with 23 dying since 1998), the area is said to be haunted by several ghosts; a hooded man has been seen here, as have Victorian children who are thought to have died in a mining accident.


 
Coach

Location: Stoke Abbott (Dorset) - Between Stoke Abbott and Beaminster
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Driving a phantom coach over road and field, an angry ghost of a former squire is doomed to relive his journey over and over.


 
Driverless Coach

Location: Stone (Buckinghamshire) - Road towards Thame
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1994, late summer
Further Comments: A stagecoach with horses but no driver was seen by a witness in a car driving in the opposite direction along this road.


 
Hooded Figure

Location: Stoney Middleton (Derbyshire) - Jacob's Ladder (an old, steep bridle road)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s?
Further Comments: A young driver was left in a state of shock after he watched a cloaked figure wearing a hood pass through a stone wall and continue heading towards the Riley slate mine.


 
Executed Man

Location: Stornoway (Outer Hebrides) - A858 between town and Leurbost
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local tradition tells says that this man was executed in Stornoway for murdering a student who had accompanied him on a bird hunting trip. The ghost is said to haunt the spot of the killing.


 
Bella

Location: Stourbridge (West Midlands) - Badgers Sett public house (was Gypsy's Tent pub)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: Nicknamed Bella, the phantom woman said to haunt the cellar and bar area is said to be connected to the body of a female which was found in Wych Hazel nearby. A ghostly male in uniform has also been spotted on the road outside the pub.


 
Victorian Gentleman

Location: Stow on the Wold (Gloucestershire) - Foss Way heading towards Stow, highest point on the road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 07 December 2004
Further Comments: Dressed in Victorian clothing and wearing an old top hat, this man was seen twice in one day by a couple of friends out driving. The first time they encountered him they narrowly avoided hitting the 'man'; while realising that there was something strange about him they were not too sure what, until they drove back the same way a few hours later and glimpsed the figure again - this time he vanished in front of them.


 
Horseman

Location: Stow on the Wold (Gloucestershire) - A429 Fosse Way, heading towards Warwick
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September or October 2006, early evening
Further Comments: A driver reported glancing at her rear view mirror and seeing a horseman wearing a long black cape leap out into the road. The horseman was so close, the driver thought the rider would hit the car, but he vanished.


 
Four Figures Standing around Gallows

Location: Stratford St Mary (Suffolk) - Four Sisters Crossroads, along A12
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: As well as the mysterious four figures, an evil presence has been felt here.


 
White Light

Location: Street (Somerset) - A39, between Street and Bridgwater
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A white light is said to follow drivers as they pass through a wooded area of the road. The light vanishes when witnesses turn to try and see the source.


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