Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Woman in Black

Location: Nannerch (Clwyd) - A541, near the Rising Sun Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Wearing a long black gown with a hood concealing her face, this ghostly woman has been seen along this road several times of the past one hundred years. She either steps from the nearby bushes and vanishes while standing in the road or walks into the dense undergrowth.


Running Man

Location: Nant Y Caws (Dyfed) - A48, between Cross Hands and Carmarthen
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010, late autumn, around 01:30, and January 2016
Further Comments: In 2010, a car driver was forced to break hard when travelling along this road as a man ran out in front of their vehicle. About halfway across the road, the figure vanished. A similar encounter occurred in 2016 when a witness watched a dark figure who vanished while crossing the road.


Footsteps

Location: Nantymoel (Nant-Y-Moel) (Mid Glamorgan) - Black Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1904
Further Comments: A man walking along this road could heard footsteps following him but was unable to see anyone else. He became paralysed with fear and collapsed after hearing a horrifying scream behind him. Other people apparently were aware that something haunted the area, but the details were not forthcoming.


Figures in White

Location: Naunton (Gloucestershire) - B4068 near the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Woman in 1998, Monk in 2000
Further Comments: This area would appear to be quite haunted; the phantom woman with dark hair seen here vanished after waving to a driver, while a ghostly monk walked out in front of a car travelling at the speed limit - the figure passed straight through the vehicle. More reports exist of a car just losing power along the road, with the occupants claiming invisible water ran over their feet...


Woman in Sleeveless Dress

Location: Naunton (Gloucestershire) - B4068 near town
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Summer 1998
Further Comments: A Doctor driving down this road pulled over to help a woman who waved his car down, but she vanished without trace as he climbed out of his vehicle. He searched the area but found nothing.


Coach and Four

Location: Nefyn (Gwynedd) - Unknown road in area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that a phantom coach which travels a road here forewarns of the witness's death.


Female Hiking

Location: Nether Stowey (Somerset) - Road between village and Holford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This feminine shade walks the road connecting the two villages.


Woman in White

Location: Nettlestone (Isle of Wight) - Road near the old church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Exact date not known
Further Comments: Several motorists are said to have encountered the phantom woman dressed in white that haunts this road, reporting their sightings to the police after driving through her.


Woman with Child

Location: Neville's Cross (Durham) - Lane in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 21 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The lane is home to a phantom woman who was murdered on the site. She is said to be sometimes accompanied by a strange looking child who possesses an oversized head. During the nineteenth century she was said to appear in or on waggons and carts passing through the area.


Elizabethan Gentleman

Location: New Romney (Kent) - A259 between town and Brooklands
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1990s
Further Comments: A driver reported driving his car through a phantom man along this stretch of road, who had stepped out of the road in front of him. The driver stopped to look for the figure but could find nothing.


Roundheads

Location: Newbury (Berkshire) - A34
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1996
Further Comments: The construction of the Newbury bypass disturbed a mass grave containing the remains of both Roundhead and Cavalier soldiers. The ghosts of these Civil War troops were reported soon after, manifesting as shadowy figures that vanished when approached.


Airman

Location: Newbury (Berkshire) - Roads around the White Swan Pub
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1955
Further Comments: A First World War airman was spotted by a driver and his passenger walking by the roadside one night. They stopped to offer the uniformed figure a ride, but he had disappeared. Both stopped at the nearby White Swan Pub and told their story, and received the distinct impression that locals knew of the airman but were unwilling to say anything more on the subject.


Ealinghearth Dobby

Location: Newby Bridge (Cumbria) - Fearing Brow (lane)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This white entity would unnerve people with its strange sounds and hitched rides upon passing carts.


Silhouette

Location: Newton (Nottinghamshire) - RAF Newton (no longer operational) and roads in the area (including Fosse Way)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom airman walks around these roads, vanishing if a car slows down close to him.


Hanging Highlanders

Location: Newton le Willows (Lancashire) - Hermitage Green Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Caught by Cromwellian troops, these Highlanders were immediately hanged on the surrounding trees. The sound of running can be heard around the anniversary of the executions. A couple of people here in January 1990 heard loud drumming which moved down the lane, though nothing could be seen.


Witch

Location: Normanby (Gainsborough) (Lincolnshire) - Small bridge over stream, between village and Newton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a witch was blamed for pushing people off the small bridge that crossed the stream here. Three parsons gave the entity a live stag, which was torn apart by the witch, and while she was distracted, the holy men banished the phantom into an iron pot.


Bridge Ghost

Location: Normanby-by-Spital (Lincolnshire) - Pilfer Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: While it was not clear what made horses frightened while crossing this bridge, it was thought to have something to do with the gibbet that once stood close by.


Horses & Coach

Location: North Craven (Yorkshire) - Road outside Brunton House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A team of four horses pulling a spectral coach reportedly passes the house.


Headless Man

Location: North Frodingham (Yorkshire) - Road between village and Foston on the Wolds
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Possibly nineteenth century
Further Comments: A headless man who walks this area is said to have only been seen the once, many years ago.


Lisle's Soldiers

Location: North Nibley (Gloucestershire) - Michael Wood and M5 motorway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: The site of the Battle of Nibley Green where the armies of Thomas Talbot (2nd Viscount Lisle) and William Berkeley (2nd Baron Berkeley) fought is said to be haunted. Lisle lost the battle, and local stories say his dead soldiers were buried in a mass grave in the woodland. It is also said that no birds sing in the woods. During the 1980s it was reported that a driver spotted ghostly soldiers fighting on the embankment.


Coffin

Location: North Petherton (Somerset) - Unknown road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century, early twenty-first century
Further Comments: A coffin laying in the middle of the road with a phantom man sitting upon it would cause horses to stop and not go on. One century on, cars are reported to occasionally have mechanical issues in the area, and the coffin has been blamed for one, non-fatal, car accident.


Monk following a Woman

Location: North Shields (Northumberland) - A1058 between town centre and Willington
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that the woman murdered someone and tried to confess her crime to the monk - he refused to hear her, so she committed suicide. The monk felt so guilt that he took his own life shortly afterwards. The female ghost is said to wear a grey cloak with grey shadows in place of eyes.


Man in Polo Shirt

Location: North Shoebury (Essex) - Poynters lane, near Crouchman's Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 July 2006, around 22:00h
Further Comments: A female driver forced to swerve to avoid hitting a man wearing a striped polo-style top and casual trousers as he stepped out of a hedge. Looking back at where the figure was, he could no longer be seen. The phantom man is a well known story in the area.


Scottie of Tidworth

Location: North Tidworth (Wiltshire) - Road opposite to the military barracks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Misty, rainy conditions
Further Comments: This figure, thought to be either a Scotsman in a kilt or a Roman legionnaire, stands over six foot tall and only appears in low visibility.


Vanishing Figure

Location: Northampton (Northamptonshire) - Between Spinney Hill and Bailiff Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 2010
Further Comments: Driving back in daylight from shopping, this witness and the driver of another car had to break hard after a tall figure stepped off the kerb and crossed the road. Once it reached the other side, the figure vanished.


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