Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Night Coach

Location: Ilmington (Warwickshire) - Roads of village, particularly Pig Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Varies: 24 December and 01 January the pack hunt, date of coach unknown
Further Comments: This spectral vehicle runs along the roads, before suddenly veering off and vanishing across local fields. This may be related to the ghostly hunt pack seen in the area, led by a man who was killed by his hounds.


Mary Hunt

Location: Ilminster (Somerset) - Crossroads on the Dowlish road, known locally as Mary Hunt's Grave
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to haunt the area where she was buried, Hunt's true history is a mystery.


Man in Blue

Location: Ingleton (Yorkshire) - Ingleton to Lancaster Road
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1937
Further Comments: A man in a blue suit was knocked over and killed along this stretch of road. For several weeks after the event, motorists reported hitting the man, who would vanish upon contact.


Lile Hob of Blea Moor

Location: Ingleton (Yorkshire) - Road between Ingleton and Hawes
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pixie-like creature would loiter on the roadside and leap upon passing carts to blag a free ride. The Hob vanished when a shepherd stumbled upon three little silver armbands left in a field, one of which he lost and the others he sold.


English Soldiers

Location: Inveraray (Argyll and Bute) - A819 north of town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in red coats, a squad of English troops match in formation along this road. This may relate to a sighting of a phantom army seen in the mid-eighteenth century by two local men - the field where this sighting occurred is now urbanised.


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.


Smoky Man

Location: Ipswich (Suffolk) - A12 heading towards Orwell Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2013
Further Comments: A driver watched a pillar of smoke rise and form the shape of a young man. The driver believed that the figure was someone who had died nearby.


Man in Grey

Location: Ipswich (Suffolk) - Belvedere Road / Cemetery Lane junction
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 18 December 2012, 08:50h
Further Comments: A driver braked as a man in dark grey clothing and a trilby-like hat stepped out in front of their car. The driver then realised the man had vanished, with no means of passing without the driver seeing. The figure may have also been spotted by a dog walker, who reported a man in old fashioned clothing who tipped his hat before disappearing.


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.


Headlights

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.


White Horse

Location: Ivinghoe (Buckinghamshire) - Ivinghoe Aston to Slapton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter 1980/81
Further Comments: While travelling along this road during heavy rain at night, a taxi driver encountered someone riding a white horse. The driver had to stop abruptly to avoid the rider, and when the driver looked up, man and horse had vanished. When the witness later mentioned the encounter to other people, they said it was not the first time the entity had been seen.


Running Man

Location: Ixworth (Suffolk) - Just after the bridge near Stow Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2016
Further Comments: A driver and passenger watched a ghostly man form and run across the road. The passenger stated that until that moment, they did not believe in ghosts.


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.


Puritan

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 gazed 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.


Nun

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.


Man in 1930's Clothing

Location: Kenley (Surrey) - Road bridge that crosses the railway line near the station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1994, evening
Further Comments: While walking home, a witness spotted this phantom gentleman walking towards the railway station. The entity appeared to be deep in thought, and as it reached the station, suddenly stopped before dissolving away.


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 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.


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