Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

John Thurlow Reade

Location: Ipsden (Oxfordshire) - Icknield Way, white memorial stone
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1827?
Further Comments: John's ghost was seen by his mother on the spot now marked by the memorial stone - he had just died in India at roughly the same time of the sighting. The Icknield Way has several more ghosts reported along it, including phantom coaches, shucks, Romans and Boadicea's legion.

Figure in Wide Brimmed Hat

Location: Isle of Eigg (Highland) - Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1990s
Further Comments: Two people walking up the hill spotted a figure behind them. The figure was taking long strides, and wearing dark clothing with a wide brimmed hat, not unlike puritan style, but bowl shaped. As the two people reached the top of the hill, they looked back and the figure had gone - it was impossible to leave the road due to a gully either side.


Location: Isle of Skye (Highland) - Road, but exact area not known
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Passing through the area in a car, the driver and other occupants spotted the headlights of another vehicle approaching them. They pulled into a layby to let the oncoming vehicle pass, but nothing came. They were in a remote area with no turning which the other vehicle could have taken.

Tramp Carrying a Sack

Location: Johns Cross (Sussex) - A21 near Vinehall School
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1983
Further Comments: Disappearing halfway across the road, this scruffy man has concerned several drivers who thought they may have hit him.


Location: Keele (Staffordshire) - M6 motorway services
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: January 1974
Further Comments: A puritan dressed in worn clothing and a wide brimmed hat was spotted in the men's toilets by two Ipswich Town football fans returning home from an away game. The puritan left the room and the two fans followed him, wanting to ask if he was an actor, but he vanished. The two men asked around if anyone had seen the strange man, but no one else had.

Headless Person

Location: Kegworth (Leicestershire) - Churchyard and Market Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1960
Further Comments: A lorry driver was left slightly unnerved after watching a headless person leave the churchyard, cross the Market Place and vanish through the closed door of a house (that no longer stands).

Hitching Airman

Location: Kelstern (Lincolnshire) - Road leading to the former RAF Kelstern
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1983
Further Comments: The man dressed in an old RAF uniform tries to hitch a lift to the now ruined airbase. There are also reports of the sounds of an old aircraft in the skies and along the former runways.

Green Lady

Location: Kempston (Bedfordshire) - Church Walk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a green lady is reported to appear when the mist rolls off from the nearby river. She is thought to have drowned in the river, though none can say exactly who she is.

Woman in a Taxi

Location: Kendal (Lancashire) - Lonsdale Road, between Kendal and Kirkby
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: A taxi driver driving his empty cab along the road looked into the rear-view mirror and saw a woman sitting in the back of the car. He pulled over, but the figure had vanished. When he started off again, the figure reappeared - the driver was too scared to stop a second time, and the woman vanished soon after.


Location: Kenley (Surrey) - Abbots Lane & Hayes Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This religious figure has been observed several times over the years. It may be the same entity that some have reported as a woman holding a young child. This latter shade is said to be looking for the village of Watendone, which no longer exists.

Strange Force from The Boy's Grave

Location: Kentford (Suffolk) - 1.5 miles beyond Kentford, at a crossroads on the main road to Bury St Edmunds
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1800s onwards
Further Comments: The gypsy boy buried here was falsely accused of sheep stealing, and committed suicide rather than go to jail. Flowers and other items of respect are left here by a number of people; some for luck, some to avoid suffering an accident in the area. Several cyclists have reported coming off their bikes along this stretch of road, for reasons unexplained.

Sounds of a Coach

Location: Keswick (Cumbria) - A6
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: A cyclist who paused on the road to relight his lamp heard the thump of hooves and the wheels of a coach pass him, even though nothing was visible. A local legend says that the phantom sounds belong to a couple who ran away to wed, but one angry parent followed and shot them both.

Headless Monk

Location: Kilchrenan (Argyll and Bute) - Road between village and Ardanaiseig, stone by the road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is idly speculated that this ghostly monk may have been sacrificed on this old stone by pagans.

Headless Horseman

Location: Kilcummer (County Cork) - Hill in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area was the haunt of a headless horseman who was killed while racing the country roads. His ghost was put to rest after a local man was brave enough to let the decapitated figure ride by his side.

Young Child

Location: Kildare (County Kildare) - Road outside Clongowes Wood College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several motorists have had to brake sharply to avoid hitting a child who runs out in front of them. The infant always quickly vanishes after the driver stops. The area is also home to a phantom coach which halts at the front gates at midnight.


Location: Killeshandra (County Cavan) - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A coach pulled by ghostly horses is said to manifest in the area when a death is due.

Victorian in Black

Location: Kilmacolm (Inverclyde) - Bend in the road entering the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Victorian woman dressed in a sweeping black dress haunts the road into the village, and drifts three foot above the ground.

Hooded Figure

Location: Kingsley (Cheshire) - Road towards Frodsham, near cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2014
Further Comments: A hooded figure, without visible legs, by the edge of the road was spotted by a driver. The entity crossed the road in front of oncoming traffic, although no vehicles reacted, and the figure vanished as the driver reached the spot where it had first been seen.

Headless Cyclist

Location: Kingsthorpe (Northamptonshire) - Road passing cemetery gates
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 1940
Further Comments: Hit by a car on a cold winter's night around 1915, this cyclist appears when the weather conditions match those in which he died. The accident decapitated him, hence his present form.

Dark Man in Hat

Location: Kirk of Shotts (Lanarkshire) - Canthill Road, near the watch tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth / early twenty-first century
Further Comments: A scared female driver reported that she had hit a man who walked out of the mist along this road - he had bounced over the car, and she watched him land on his feet on the other side. When she climbed out to see if he was okay, the figure vanished. Several other people claim to have encountered the ghost, though they have been on foot at the time.

Pale Woman

Location: Kirkbean (Dumfries and Galloway) - Road between village and Prestonmill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1890
Further Comments: A woman in white was said to haunt this stretch of road, walking along the treetops and occasionally on the road with (mortal) travellers.

Woman in White

Location: Kirkbean (Dumfries and Galloway) - Road coming in from the north
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1894
Further Comments: This phantom woman's past is unknown, although her quiet form was said to startle passersby. One local story says that a local farmer's daughter exploited the story; dressing in a white sheet to meet her lover by the roadside ensured no one came to speak to her.


Location: Kirkbean (Dumfries and Galloway) - Three crossroads, near Arbigland
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1894
Further Comments: The body of a young stableman by the name of Dunn was found here - the law believed he had committed suicide, but others thought he had been murdered by the brother of a woman he was romantically involved with. Dunn's ghost was said to have returned to the spot, and occasionally the area was also haunted by a white lady.

Blind Lord Wharton

Location: Kirkby Stephen (Cumbria) - A685 between town and Ravenstonedale
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wharton was struck blind (some say by God, for punishment for his sins) as he travelled home - his phantom now walks erratically, attempting to find its footing.

First Fatality

Location: Kirkfieldbank (Lanarkshire) - Outside Linnmill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1912 onwards
Further Comments: Occupants of the building have reported hearing a car door being slammed shut, though nothing is ever visible. The first fatal Scottish car accident occurred just outside this property when a woman was run over.

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