Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Benjamin Jones

Location: Alconbury (Cambridgeshire) - Road between Alconbury and Alconbury Weston, near the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered by a soldier (Gervase Matcham), the ghost of the little drummer boy, Benjamin Jones, was said to be heard walking and drumming behind anyone travelling this stretch of road after sunset.


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.


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.

The Bag Lady

Location: Aldershot (Hampshire) - Road between Tweseldown and Aldershot
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1990
Further Comments: A phantom homeless woman was said to have been run over and killed along this road. She may have been seen in 1990, the car full of witnesses not being aware she was a phantom until long after the event.

Cloaked Figure

Location: Alfreton (Derbyshire) - Doehole Lane, Ashover
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December 2015
Further Comments: A driver was forced to brake hard as he and his passenger watched a transparent cloaked figure with a hood covering its head cross the road. The figure vanished before reaching hedgerow on the verge.

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.


Location: Alkborough (Lincolnshire) - West Halten Lane, near the cricket ground
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1970s
Further Comments: While cycling home a witness braked hard to let a small dog cross in front of him - the puppy moved half a metre out of the way before vanishing on the grass verge.

Man in a Red Cap

Location: All Cannings (Wiltshire) - Wickham's Lane area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Described as a smallish man wearing a red floppy hat, this figure walks the streets in this area of the village.

Woman in White

Location: Allington (Wiltshire) - Road to Horton, near Tan Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 30 October 1904
Further Comments: Seen by two lay preachers driving a horse and trap, this phantom was mistaken for a real woman as she walked towards them in the rain. They could see she had auburn hair and a beautiful face, before she vanished without trace.

Knight in Armour

Location: Ampthill (Bedfordshire) - Road from Ampthill to Millbrook, and Ampthill Great Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: This glowing ghostly knight appeared in front of several witnesses along the road in the early twentieth century. Soldiers at a nearby barracks also reported the figure around the same time, observing the ghost from a distance as it descended a hill. At least one local man reports seeing the ghost several times around the park; on this site it is said to depart the site of a castle (now marked by a cross) and move towards a brook where he vanishes. A phantom woman in white has also been reported in the park.

Man with his Dog

Location: Ampton (Suffolk) - Callow Hill Lane
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: A young boy reported that he walked alongside a man and a dog, which both disappeared once they reached this lane.


Location: Annan (Dumfries and Galloway) - A75 between Gretna and Annan
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 2004, around 21:30h (stagecoach), 2000s (man in red)
Further Comments: A lone driver performed an emergency stop after a stagecoach pulled by a horse drove across the road in front of her. The witness described the coach 'like a grainy fuzzy picture you'd see on an old black & white TV'. The incident lasted no more than ten seconds. Almost immediately after, the driver received a phone call from her partner, who had feared she had been involved in an accident. A few years later a woman driving from Annan reported hitting a man wearing a red jumper and dark trousers as he stepped out in front of her car. However, the man vanished when she looked for his body. There are said to be several other reports of people hitting the same man in the area. Other ghosts seen along this road include an old man with no eyes and an aging woman in Victorian clothing.

Screaming Hag

Location: Annan (Dumfries and Galloway) - A75 to town from Dumfries
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: April 1962
Further Comments: Two brothers travelling along this road were terrified by a number of strange entities that appeared in front of their car, including phantom animals, an old man and a woman who resembled a traditional witch. Their ordeal ended when they thought they were now about to hit a white van head on - the vehicle vanished into thin air on impact. There have been more, but less dramatic, sightings of entities along this road.

White Lady

Location: Annesley (Nottinghamshire) - Annesley Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970, 25 September 2012 and 10 October 2012
Further Comments: Dying in childbirth, this mistress of a former owner still walks the walls. The ghost, or perhaps another, was seen in 1970 as it crossed the road outside the hall; the driver of a car drove straight through the figure. In October 2012, one team of ghost hunters recorded laughter in the stable when the area was empty - the area is reputed to be the location where a serving girl hanged herself - while another team in September spotted a black dog.

Female Cyclist

Location: Antrim town (County Antrim) - Dublin Road (poss. British Road), towards the airport
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: While travelling to work, a man spotted a young girl wearing a long 1900's type dress cross the road on an old fashioned bicycle. When the witness reached the point where he had seen her, he realised that there were no gaps in the heavy hedge rows and that on either side of the road deep ditches leading into heavily ploughed fields made it impossible for anyone to cross at that point.

Stable Lad

Location: Arbigland (Dumfries and Galloway) - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered to prevent the continuation of an affair of the heart, this young stablehand was then buried at a crossroads to conceal the crime. His ghost is reported to still travel around on horseback.

Executed Man

Location: Arnish (Outer Hebrides) - Loch along A858 between town and Stornoway?
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.

Woman in Pale Coat

Location: Arundel (Sussex) - A27 Arundel Road, heading into Arundel
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 2011, 22:30h
Further Comments: A woman was spotted standing by a road sign along this road - she wore a pale beige raincoat, was smiling manically, and appeared to be lit by a bright light from below. One witness was made uneasy by the woman's strange posture, and the police were called as it was thought at the time the woman may have escaped from a nearby hospital. The police did not find anything.


Location: Ascot (Berkshire) - Old road system (now changed)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1967
Further Comments: No longer seen since extensive roadwork, a ghostly horseman was once said to haunt the area.

White Woman

Location: Ashmore (Dorset) - Ashmore - area between Washer's Pit and Spinney's Pond
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story says that the woman in white was hanged over Washer's Pit, but was saved by a washer woman. This has not prevented the white woman's ghost now haunting the area, where she is said to have been seen.

Thirty-Something Woman

Location: Ashworth Valley (Lancashire) - Heywood/Rochdale Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 30 July 2008, 22:15h
Further Comments: A black animal (either a dog or a large cat) was seen running across this road followed by a woman in her thirties. The animal disappeared into a wall, and the woman vanished as a car braked hard to avoid hitting her.

Fast Moving Coach

Location: Askeaton (County Limerick) - Crossroad in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth or early twentieth century
Further Comments: While driving along this road, Michael Fitzgerald heard the clattering of hooves close behind him. He pulled over to let whoever was behind him pass, but the sound suddenly stopped. After Fitzgerald began moving, the sound started again, and this time he was overtaken by a phantom coach pulled by ghostly horses.

Dark Figure

Location: Aspley Guise (Bedfordshire) - Gypsy Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 09 September 2008, 21:30h
Further Comments: While out running, a witness spotted a dark figure around one hundred metres ahead of him. As the distance closed to around twenty metres, the figure vanished. A friend of the witness said that his uncle had encountered a phantom woman along the same stretch of road.

Hannah Phillips

Location: Astley Abbots (Shropshire) - Main road through the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Hannah died a few days before her wedding day, slipping into the river where she drowned. Her ghost, wearing a long dark dress, has been observed by motorists along the road.

Figure in Brown

Location: Aston Clinton (Buckinghamshire) - Akerman Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wearing an old fashioned brown coat, this phantom would drift from Vatche's Farm and travel down the old Roman road.

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