Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

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.


Horseman

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.


Floating Figure

Location: Ash Magna (Shropshire) - Road just outside of Ash Magna
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Seen several years apart by two brothers, a floating figure is reported to haunt a road just outside of this village.


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 a woman hanged over the pit was saved by a washer woman. This did not prevent the woman's ghost from returning to the area when she later died.


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.


Farmer, Farmer, Farmer

Location: Atherstone (Warwickshire) - A34, between Atherstone and Alderminster
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a farmer haunts this area - he was killed after hitting a low tree branch while riding his horse at breakneck speed. Legend says if seen once, it can be guaranteed that the wraith will be seen two more times.


Headless Highwayman

Location: Atwick (Yorkshire) - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This decapitated spectral bandit remains lurking in the shadows of his old ambush area. One version of the story says he remains on his horse.


Rider

Location: Atworth (Wiltshire) - A365
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 1944
Further Comments: A driver was forced to brake hard when a horse and rider emerged from a hedge on one side of the road and crossed in front of him. The apparition then vanished into a wall on the opposite side of the road.


Staring Man

Location: Audlem (Cheshire) - Audlem Road leading to Corbrook Court
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 October, 2001 and 2002 (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This entity was seen twice by the same witness, exactly a year separating the sightings. The witness said he was driving down the road when he saw the strange looking figure on the roadside, who stared into the car as he drove past. The figure did not appear in the rear view mirror.


Phantom Coach

Location: Audley End (Essex) - Audley End Road & Chestnut Avenue.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The coach departs the Lions Gate and is driven along the local streets until it reaches the B1383. As normal, the coach driver is said to be headless.


Lurking Figure

Location: Avening (Gloucestershire) - Road between village and Minchinhampton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to be the shade of a suicide, this ghost waits alongside the road, but for what is anyone's guess.


White Lady

Location: Aycliffe (Durham) - A167 north of town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century, though sightings may go back to eighteenth century
Further Comments: While the clothing of the woman varies (from wearing a raincoat to a wedding dress), the figure is always white. In true 'phantom hitchhiker' style, the woman had been picked up by passing drivers, only to vanish a few miles down the road.


Lady in Black

Location: Aysgarth (Yorkshire) - Road between Aysgarth & Woodhall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 1934
Further Comments: Dressed in dark Victorian clothing with white gloves and a walking stick, this woman has been mistaken for someone living, though she never interacts with witnesses.


Crimson Lady

Location: Ayton (Yorkshire) - Crossroads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two phantoms were reputed to haunt this crossroads. A crimson lady (who is now likely redundant) would scare passing horses by leaping out at them. The second ghost, a pale woman on horseback, would scream at witnesses, and was said to chase passing cars.


Whistling

Location: Bacup (Lancashire) - Lane near Burnley Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that walking this lane during a quiet day, or at night, whistling can be heard, followed by breathing which increases in heaviness until it sounds like someone is standing by your ear. The sounds are said to be created by a woman who died of a broken heart after losing her husband and child.


Pony with Coffin

Location: Bakerstead (Cumbria) - Road passing the village from Burnmoor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom pony with a coffin strapped to its back is doomed to make the same journey over and over. Both pony and pack were lost during a funeral procession that was caught in a snap snowstorm.


Killer Woman

Location: Ballingeary (County Cork) - Road towards Droumanallig, 300 metres west of Ballingeary
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A female phantom began to kill those who failed to answer her riddle 'A candle and a candlestick there is, and you fit a couplet to that'. Local man Michael Creedon banished her after replying 'You ought to have got to heaven in time rather than being a ghost as you are'.


Hearse

Location: Ballylusk (County Laois) - Roads around an old burial ground
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man returning home after visiting the local public house was said to have encountered a phantom horse and cart containing a hearse.


Headless Horseman

Location: Ballymena (County Antrim) - Road leading to the White Gates, Crebilly Road area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A robber escaping from a house rode into a thin piece of wire tightly pulled between the gateposts here, losing his head in the process. His decapitated shade is either seen or heard at Halloween, still on horseback.


Shug Monkey

Location: Balsham (Cambridgeshire) - Wratting Road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: For reasons unknown, the shuck which has been observed in this area is believed to have a bald head and wide eyes, like that of a monkey, while the body is that of a large black shaggy dog. It leaps out in front of cars travelling along this road, only to dart out of the way at the last possible second, either on all four legs or standing upright.


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