Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways


Location: Leven (Yorkshire) - Road near White Cross
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said the area was once haunted by a headless white woman who would hunt down highwaymen and give them a slap. What became of the entity is not known.

Calf Sized Dog

Location: Leverton (Lincolnshire) - Road between village and Wrangle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early twentieth century or December 2002
Further Comments: An early twentieth century witness reported seeing this creature several times over the years, always when cycling at night between the two villages. A more recent witness heard howling and spotted two red eyes - after the witness's uncle died a short time later, they believed what they had encountered was a shuck.

Legless Men

Location: Lichfield (Staffordshire) - M6 toll road near town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2005
Further Comments: Sue Cowley was driving her husband and child home stopped when she saw what she first thought were animals crossing the road. As Sue stopped, she realised that they were actually shadowy figures; dressed in Roman clothing, the group of twenty or more men crossed the road waist deep in the tarmac as if it was water, though it did not impede their movement.

Face at the Window

Location: Limpley Stoke (Wiltshire) - Road through the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: At least one motorist has reported seeing a ghostly face at their windscreen at a bend along this road.

Boy playing Flute

Location: Liphook (Hampshire) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure was seen and heard on the lanes, in trees and behind bushes in this village - the music he produced described as enchanting, but with an underlying danger. The same area is haunted by a pale white calf.


Location: Lisburn (County Antrim) - M1, heading towards Belfast
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1969
Further Comments: A young woman with long dark hair, wearing a tartan coat and carrying a suitcase, was spotted walking in the centre of the motorway by a passenger in a car. As the car drove past, the passenger turned to look at the figure from out the back window, but she had vanished. The witness later learned that the woman had been seen by others, and was thought to be a nurse who was knocked over and killed along the road.

Floating Figure

Location: Little Hallingbury (Essex) - Junction at the bottom of Church Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s?
Further Comments: A motorist had to break to avoid hitting a floating black figure which quickly vanished.

Disappearing Cyclist

Location: Little Milton (Oxfordshire) - A329, and Rofford Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006, and December 2015
Further Comments: A driver heading towards the village spotted a cyclist who disappeared. The driver stopped to see if the cyclist had fallen off their bike, but could not find anyone. Nine years later, in the same neighbourhood, the same driver was travelling with their son. Both watched a cyclist disappear, and despite looking, no trace of the cyclist was found.

Faceless Woman

Location: Little Milton (Oxfordshire) - Country Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000
Further Comments: Passing along this country road during the day, a driver passed a tall woman wearing old fashioned dark clothing. Looking back at her through his rear view mirror, the driver realised she had vanished.

Small Robed Figure

Location: Little Petherick (Cornwall) - Road near the Rosehill Country Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century, summer
Further Comments: This short entity has been seen several times, laying in the road and appearing to be scrabbling at the surface. One witness realised the figure had no face before it vanished.

Floating Torso

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Lime Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Sightings of the ghost of Lime Street are said to go back hundreds or years. One of the more recent witnesses described the entity as being quite tall, though the legs could not be seen, with the mouth silently moving. An unnamed hotel along the road is also haunted by the figure of a tall woman


Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Liverpool to Birkenhead tunnel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Killed in the middle of the twentieth century in the tunnel under the Mersey, this phantom hitchhiker is still occasionally seen.

Cloaked Figure

Location: Llandrindod Wells (Powys) - Bridge near Disserth church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 June 2008, 22:42h
Further Comments: A figure wearing a cloak with hood was spotted by a driver and his passenger while driving over the bridge.

Horseless Horse Rider

Location: Llanerchymedd (Llannerch-y-medd) (Gwynedd) - Road between Llangefni and Benllech, near the California Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thrown off her mount and killed, this shade now stands around the place where she broke her neck.

White Lady

Location: Llangennith (West Glamorgan) - Main road running through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century? 06:30h.
Further Comments: A motorist reported almost running over (or through) a white lady that stepped out on the road in front of him.

White Lady

Location: Llanidloes (Powys) - A470, 'Red Bridge' area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 1973
Further Comments: This ghostly figure has appeared several times, manifesting in the middle of the road only to pass through incoming traffic. One male driver stated that the female form looked at him with sad eyes as she passed through the bonnet of his car.

Person in Duffle Coat

Location: Llanrhos (Clwyd) - Road close to St Hilary's church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1959
Further Comments: Police officer Gareth Jones spotted a figure in a duffle coat walking along this lane in the rain. He drove alongside the figure and wound down his window to offer them a lift, but they had vanished. Jones later found out that others had seen ghostly figures in the same area.

Figure in Grey Long Coat

Location: Llyswen (Powys) - A470, heading north towards Builth, just past a right turn onto the River Wye bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 12 January 2008, approx 06:55h
Further Comments: While driving along this stretch of road, this driver and passenger spotted what they thought was an older gentleman standing by the side of the road. He stood around six foot tall and wore a long grey coat. However, the head was oval in shape, possessed no features, and gave off a faint glow. Immediately after passing the entity, the driver had a strange feeling, a mix of shiver and yet feeling hot, which lasted for around a minute.

Vanishing Car

Location: Loch Cluanie (Highland) - A87 running alongside the loch
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1940s
Further Comments: This car would be seen from the distance, vanishing as it moved closer to the witness.

White Horse

Location: Loch Dornoch (Highland) - Straight piece of road lined with trees on both sides
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2001
Further Comments: Witness Mr Morrison stopped his car suddenly when he encountered a white horse ridden by a Victorian man in the middle of the road. Both entities vanished quickly into the distance.

Dispatch Rider

Location: Locksgreen (Isle of Wight) - Vittlefields crossroads
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s onwards?
Further Comments: A phantom dispatch rider on his motorcycle is thought to haunt this road - he was killed during World War Two when he drove into a military tank. Drivers have swerved in order to avoid hitting the phantom.

Headless Man

Location: Loders (Dorset) - Yellow Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The lane is said to be haunted by a coachman who lost his head while travelling too fast - he hit an overhanging branch, decapitated him in an instant.

Headless Horses

Location: Long Compton (Warwickshire) - Long Compton Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather dependent: After a storm
Further Comments: A coach pulled by six headless horses is said to travel up the hill. There are also vague reports of a shuck-like dog that runs in the same area. Another ghost, that of a scary old woman with matted black hair, was also reported here in 1973.

Cheated Devil

Location: Longdendale (Derbyshire) - Devil's Elbow (rock formation)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Rock still present
Further Comments: This rock formation is said to be made from the Devil's arm, which was turned to stone after he failed to catch a maiden on the run from her father.

Long Stone

Location: Longridge (Lancashire) - Written Stone Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Still visible
Further Comments: Local tradition state that this stone was laid to rid the Radcliffe family of a ghost. This may be the case, though the lane is still felt by many to be a place of evil, with a black shape moving around in the darkness. One account states that the lane is still haunted by a decapitated old woman who keeps her head in a basket under one arm.

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