Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Shadowy Lad

Location: Lount (Derbyshire) - Road outside of the Landfill site
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Early eighties
Further Comments: A witness thought he had run over a teenage boy who ran out in front of his car, though there was no bump - a search of the area revealed no body, indeed, not even a sign that the collision ever took place.


Victorian Cyclist

Location: Louth (Lincolnshire) - Between roundabout at London Road and roundabout at the A157.
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Circa 2004
Further Comments: A couple returning home from holiday reported seeing a man dressed in Victorian clothing cycling in the middle of the road. The figure vanished as they drove towards him.


Coach & Horses

Location: Louth (Lincolnshire) - Cadeby Hall and Barton Street
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to death in family
Further Comments: The evening prior to a death in the owner's family a team of four horses would pull a coach up the driveway before fading from view. The nearby Barton Street is also haunted by a phantom horse that throws its rider into a ditch.


Man in Benny Hat

Location: Lowestoft (Suffolk) - Road running by the church near Corton Caravan Park
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 1980s
Further Comments: Two witnesses in a car were convinced they had run over a man who stepped out in front of their car. Described as wearing a 'Benny' hat and having an unforgettable face, they searched the area but could find nothing.


Monk

Location: Loxwood (Sussex) - Road running through village, near Spy Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure stands on the side of the road, sometimes walking out in front of incoming cars before vanishing.


Girl in Mini Skirt

Location: Ludlow (Shropshire) - Area around Feathers Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This unlikely shade has long black hair and looks around eighteen years old - at least two witnesses have seen her walk through parked cars before vanishing.


White Monks

Location: Ludlow (Shropshire) - Friars Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Walking near where their priory once stood, a small procession of these spooks could be seen after dark.


Hooded Man in Black

Location: Lutterworth (Leicestershire) - Lane between village and Leicester (route may have changed)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely nineteenth century
Further Comments: Something unseen caused the horse pulling a carriage containing a father and daughter to freeze. The daughter climbed down from the carriage to investigate, only to see a hooded figure in black emerge from a hedge. The figure removed its hood to reveal a blank face. The ghostly figure vanished when the father called out his daughter's name - she jumped back into the carriage as the horse recovered and galloped away.


Young Man

Location: Lydd (Kent) - Jury's Gap Road, the last bend before entering Lydd
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1998, 23:00h - 00:00h
Further Comments: Travelling along Jury's Gap, the driver of a car spotted a man in his twenties in the road. He slammed on his brakes and the man in the road jumped to the side, landing in a ditch. The driver stopped to make sure the man was okay, but he was nowhere to be seen, and a search up and down the side of the road turned up nothing.


Mr Wobbly Head

Location: Lyme Regis (Dorset) - Broad Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This street is haunted by a man with a strangely rolling head - local legend says he was hanged, but continued to live after his neck was broken.


Coach and Horses

Location: Lyme Regis (Dorset) - Road near Trent Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This piece of road is haunted by a coach that vanished without trace many years ago.


The Mourning Coach

Location: Lytchett Matravers (Dorset) - Huntick Hill (aka Hunting Hill)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century (coach), backseat phantom 1999
Further Comments: Said to be brilliantly illuminated, this driverless, horse-drawn coach is said to be quite beautiful. The coach is said to start its journey from where a gibbet once stood. A driver reported seeing someone sitting on the backseat of his car while driving down this road in 1999, who vanished within seconds.


Night Stalker

Location: Lytchett Matravers (Dorset) - Huntick Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 13 August 2007
Further Comments: This nonmaterial figure is said to follow local people home, before peeking through their front door and vanishing. The figure was last seen crossing a garden.


Pallbearers

Location: Lytchett Matravers (Dorset) - Road between village and Poole - A350?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Somewhere along this road, four headless pallbearers hurry along before vanishing into a hedge.


Dark Figure Crossing

Location: M11 (Cambridgeshire) - Area close to junction 13
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 27 June 2015, 12:15h
Further Comments: A driver watched a dark figure cross the busy motorway, walking as if the road was devoid of traffic. The driver was convinced that no one could cross the road without an accident occurring.


Floating Woman

Location: M6 (Cumbria) - South of Lake District
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer (year not known), 22:30h
Further Comments: A ghostly woman was reported on the hard shoulder, appearing to float just off the ground, as her feet were not there. The apparition was dressed in old fashioned clothing and the witness who drove past said the phantom looked as if she was watching out for something.


Austin Allegro

Location: M90 west (Lothian) - Just after Forth Road Bridge slip road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Summer, early evening, 2002
Further Comments: A driver overtook an Austin Allegro. As he passed, he noticed the front of the car was damaged, and that an old man in a grey flat cap with an elderly lady were seated within. However, when the driver pulled into the lane in front of them, the car had vanished - there was nowhere for them to turn off and they hadn't overtaken him.


Sad Old Man

Location: Maam Cross (County Galway) - Old dirt road running along a hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom stands on a sharp bend in the road - cars have passed straight through him.


Horseman

Location: Machynlleth (Powys) - Road between Machynlleth and Bala
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A traveller set upon by robbers prayed for help along this road - a phantom grey horseman appeared, scaring the criminals away.


Headless Coachman

Location: Maidenwell (Lincolnshire) - Ostler's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: A headless coachman, his missing cranium in a box besides him, drives his coach and four along this lane.


Not an Accident

Location: Maidstone (Kent) - Hunton Hill
Type: Other
Date / Time: 20 September 1985, 23:30h
Further Comments: Lorry driver Peter Russell hit a woman who was lying in the road. A police officer and a doctor were already at the scene; they told him that he had not killed the woman, and that he should go home. When he later went to the police station, there was no record of the incident, and after a brief investigation the police declared that Peter was the victim of a hoax.


Hound

Location: Mainsriddle (Dumfries and Galloway) - Road between village and Prestonmill, area once known as Dairymaid's Hollow
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Pre 1890
Further Comments: A black dog which was said to haunt this area was once heard invisibly passing by three women, although one of them speculated the sound may have been a peacock. A woman in white was also seen by a doctor using the road.


Screaming Judge

Location: Mallwyd (Gwynedd) - A458, valley north of the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1550s onwards
Further Comments: A judge who pronounced the death sentence to eighty bandits was ambushed here by the remainder of the gang and brutally murdered. His screams are occasionally reported.


Grey Man

Location: Malmesbury (Wiltshire) - Burton Hill (A429)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1967, 06:00h
Further Comments: The driver of a car reported seeing a man in grey coveralls appear in the middle of the road. The driver tried to stop the car but was unable to. The figure in grey turned towards the driver, revealing a pale white face, raised his arm, and then vanished.


Kitty Jay

Location: Manaton (Devon) - Nearby Crossroads
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After committing suicide, Kitty was buried at the crossroads to prevent her shade returning to earth. This may not have been overly successful, as a female ghost has been seen in the area.


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