Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Six Pallbearers

Location: Powerstock (Dorset) - Road leading to North Poorton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Six decapitated men carrying a coffin are said to slowly move along the country lanes.


Little Old Lady

Location: Prestbury (Gloucestershire) - High Street and Mill Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Several witnesses have seen strange figures drifting in and around these roads, and though differ slightly in appearance, it is suggested that they are all the same entity.


Charging Horseman

Location: Prestbury (Gloucestershire) - Shaw Green Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 04 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Killed by a Lancastrian arrow in the 1400's, this glowing messenger is doomed to carry his cargo forevermore. Another story says he was decapitated by a thin wire that was placed across the road.


Farmer

Location: Preston on Stour (Warwickshire) - Alscot Park, and road by the entrance
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The phantom figure who haunts the area around the entrance of the park is believed to be a farmer who died after falling from his horse. He reputedly appears by the entrance and crosses the road before vanishing into a wall.


Woman in Mac

Location: Pyecombe (Sussex) - London Road; where the A281 meets the A27
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: A woman in a pale beige raincoat runs across the duel carriageway, disappearing halfway across. Several motorists have reported hitting her and have reported the 'accident' to the police, fearing they have killed someone. Just slightly further down the A281, a ghostly girl with blonde hair has been seen stumbling alongside the road - she vanishes if approached.


Chained Dog

Location: Quemerford (Wiltshire) - Pound's Mill (no longer present), Marlborough Road, and fields in the area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Pre First World War
Further Comments: One witness at Pound's Mill spotted a black dog with a chain hanging around its neck. The hound vanished through a closed door. The same creature is also thought to haunt other areas in the hamlet.


Middle Aged Man

Location: Quintrell Downs (Cornwall) - Likely the A3058
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Spring 2001
Further Comments: A couple caught up in stop/start traffic watched a middle aged man in dark trousers and pullover cross the road in front of them before vanishing into thin air when he reached the kerb on the opposite side. There was nothing remarkable about the figure (until his disappearing act) and he carried something in his hands, although the witnesses did not notice what it was.


Headless Men

Location: Ramsbury (Wiltshire) - Road close to Hare and Hounds
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Carrying a coffin, these two headless men were said to walk close to the old Hare and Hounds pub.


Man on Black Horse

Location: Ranworth (Norfolk) - Neighbourhood of Ranworth Broad
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Locals tell of an unknown man on a black horse that is believed to haunt the area. The devil is seen riding across the broad every 31 December; under his arm is the soul of a Colonel who had dared hunt on the Sabbath.


Fast Moving Procession

Location: Ratlinghope (Shropshire) - Road towards village, along the Long Mynd
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large group of people following a horse drawn hearse have been seen on a number of occasions, moving much more swiftly than one should expect.


Old Woman

Location: Ravensden (Bedfordshire) - Lane north of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in long black clothing, this elderly woman's face is said to pure evil - it is considered unlucky to meet her. Some say during her lifetime she was falsely accused of witchcraft and died after being forced out of her home.


Lord Wharton

Location: Ravenstonedale (Cumbria) - Road to village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lord Wharton was involved in the establishment of the Ravenstonedale Dissenters group - whether this is the reason he haunts the road is unknown.


Hitchhiking Cyclist

Location: Rayleigh (Essex) - Blinking Owl cafe, Lychgate Industrial Estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s onwards
Further Comments: The requested end destination for this female vanishing hitchhiker; the story is that she and her boyfriend set off from the café on their motorbike, but it crashed on the A127 and both were killed. Now this woman flags down cars along the A127, tells them she is looking for her boyfriend, and asks to be taken to the café. She always disappears just prior to the Blinking Owl being reached.


Woman with Long Hair

Location: Rayne (Essex) - Shalford Road, near The Swan Public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 18 September 2014
Further Comments: Three people in a car spotted a woman with long black hair and a pale face standing by the roadside. She wore purple trousers and a ragged yellow shirt. One of the witnesses speculated that the figure was that of the ghost said to haunt the nearby public house.


Woman in White

Location: Reagill (Cumbria) - Country lanes in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: It is not clear if the woman in white, a large black hound and a black hog which once haunted this area were all the same entity. The phantom (or phantoms) would all grow in size once seen, and pursue any witness.


Old Man Bern being Chased

Location: Reedham (Norfolk) - High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 21 August (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Chased through the village by an angry ghostly mob, the shade of Bern is said to reach the river before jumping into a boat and making his escape.


Horse with Trap

Location: Rettendon (Essex) - Road leading to East Hannington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost haunting this road is said to be that of a farmer riding his horse and cart.


Dog under Horses' Hooves

Location: Reydon (Suffolk) - Road near Reydon Hall
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Shuck 1900s, and coach mid 1800s?
Further Comments: A couple in a trap encountered the Shuck, and it ran under their horses. The driver tried to hit the black dog with his whip, but it passed straight through the creature. The same area is also haunted by a phantom coach, being driven at breakneck speed.


White Woman

Location: Rhyl (Clwyd) - Start of the Dyserth Road bends
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1 January 2005, 01:30h
Further Comments: The white figure of a lady was seen standing behind a wall, leaning over the top.


Man on Bicycle

Location: Robertsbridge (Sussex) - A21
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977
Further Comments: This ghost has been seen cycling at night, without any lights on his bike. It is thought he died mid twentieth century, after being hit by a lorry.


Thin Outline

Location: Rochdale (Lancashire) - Toad Lane, and area around St Mary's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: The shady outline of an unknown man is said to have appeared here several times during the 1970s.


Strange Animals

Location: Rochester (Kent) - Blue Bell Hill, near Rochester
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: An ostrich was seen by a driver during the 1990s near the haunted hill, but when he stopped to investigate, the creature had changed into a large black cat which ran away. The cat (or another one) had been seen there in the past, as has a large hairy beast, thought by the witness to be a gorilla.


Woman

Location: Rochester (Kent) - Love Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Post World War Two
Further Comments: A ghostly woman is said to haunt this lane, one report stating that she is only visible from the waste up.


Headless Anne Boleyn

Location: Rochford (Essex) - Rochford Hall, and roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twelve days following Christmas (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: At the family home of Anne Boleyn, the former queen's decapitated ghost walks briefly around the building after Christmas.


Coach Crash

Location: Rockfield (Gwent) - Ancre Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom coach and horses crashes and vanishes into a wall somewhere in this area.


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