Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Man in Tricorn

Location: Beckhampton (Wiltshire) - Road running through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom highwayman is reputed to haunt this road. There is also a story that a ghostly horse and coach have been heard along the Beckhampton Road.

Misty Figure

Location: Bedale (Yorkshire) - A684 road, leading to Leyburn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The road leading west from Bedale is reputedly home to a grey misty figure. The mist is also said to haunt a nearby wooded area.


Location: Bedford (Bedfordshire) - Bellairs Avenue and Dowty Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 1996
Further Comments: Walking down Bellairs Avenue with his brother, this witness could see a nun walking towards them in the middle of the road. He commented on the figure to his brother, who could not see her. As a car drove up the road, she vanished. The same witness said he spotted the same figure a few weeks later in Dowty Avenue.

Black Tom

Location: Bedford (Bedfordshire) - Junction of Tavistock Street, Union Street and Clapham Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Around Christmas, 1990s
Further Comments: A nineteenth century highwayman, Black Tom was executed and buried at this junction with a stake driven through his heart to prevent his return. The ritual failed, and both he and another unknown ghost were seen countless times for years following his death. A 1960s sighting of Tom took place in broad daylight, with witnesses stating they saw a gruesome figure with a broken neck staggering down the road, vanishing into thin air seconds later. The witness who spotted Tom during the 1990s thought he was just a drunk man in fancy dress, until he suddenly disappeared.

RAF Pilot

Location: Belsay (Northumberland) - A696, just outside of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2015
Further Comments: Media outlets reported that Rob Davies and Chris Felton had filmed a figure which resembled a 'RAF pilot' standing on the roadside late at night. Although the footage was poor, the witnesses said the figure was dressed all in beige and held his arm out as if hitchhiking. When they turned the car around and drove back for another look, the figure had vanished.


Location: Bennett End (Buckinghamshire) - Road between village and Radnage Bottom
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local legend says that a phantom coach with horses sometimes travels down this road at night.

Headless Monk

Location: Bentley (Suffolk) - Bridge on road linking Brantham and Bentley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once based at Dodnash Priory, which once stood nearby, this monk now haunts the road between two villages. A single stone remains at the site of the priory, and it is said treasure is concealed underneath.

Vanishing Biker

Location: Berkhamsted (Hertfordshire) - Road passing Berkhamsted golf club, before left turn to castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1976, around 23:00h
Further Comments: On a clear night with no other traffic on the road, a driver caught up with a Honda 50 type motorbike. The outline of the bike and rider were visible, and the driver maintained 25 yards (23 metres) between car and bike. Passing Berkhamsted golf club, the bike disappeared, 'as if someone had turned off a light'. The driver thought the biker may have come off into a ditch so stopped to look - there was no ditch nor any turnings the bike could have taken.


Location: Bettiscombe (Dorset) - Road between Manor and the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to be one particular night per year
Further Comments: The phantom coach which leaves the manor and heads towards the church is said to be connected to the manor's skull, but the reasons why are unknown.

Jocelyn Percy

Location: Beverley (Yorkshire) - Roads in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sir Jocelyn has been reported driving his coach and four headless horses around the streets of this otherwise quiet neighbourhood. Another version of the legend says he actually flies above the street, pausing briefly over an unnamed house.

Gliding Old Man

Location: Billingshurst (Sussex) - Crossroads known as Buck Barn, between Billingshurst & Hayward's Heath, and Horsham & Worthing. Now a dual carriageway.
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1947, onwards
Further Comments: Said to look like a traditional tramp or hobo, the old man sits on a milestone by crossroads, before gliding in front of incoming traffic. When the vehicle stops, there is no evidence of the figure existing. The reports have trailed off since the road updates.


Location: Birkenhead (Cheshire) - Area of former Birkenhead Hall (no longer standing), Pouton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pretty little maid was murdered by her jealous mistress, who was convinced she was having an affair with the property's master. It was not the case, and the maid now haunts the former grounds, and has taken to being mistaken for a hitchhiker along the nearby road.

Older Lady

Location: Birkenhead (Cheshire) - Woodchurch Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1905
Further Comments: Dressed in black and wearing a bonnet, an older lady would be briefly seen along this road before suddenly vanishing. A newspaper reported cyclists had to break sharply to avoid hitting her. Other witnesses spotted a small ball of fire which quickly disappeared.

Wilfred Barwick

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Coleshill Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 1975
Further Comments: The ghost of Barwick, a local butcher murdered in 1780, is said to haunt the road where he was killed. He was last seen stepping out in front of a Securicor van, vanishing as the driver tried to talk to him.

Overturned Cars

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Drews Lane (between 175 and the corner shop), Ward End
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Quoted in the Tarmac report on haunted roads, former Drews Lane resident Jackie said 'I used to hear cars that used to roll over while driving. Hundreds of cars have been heard and seen upside down with no reason or rhyme. There were a couple a week sometimes, nothing to explain it. There were never any other cars involved, just that when they came down our road, they would turn over.'

Jumping Grey Thing

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Icknield street, Hockley
Type: Other
Date / Time: April 2014
Further Comments: A couple in their car watched as a grey humanoid creature jump across the road, kangaroo-like, although seemingly gaining momentum by swinging its arms. The entity stopped in the road and looked at the car before turning and moving back into the grounds of a cemetery.

Small Pickup Truck

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - M6 near Birmingham
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Author Paul Devereux reported overtaking a phantom pickup truck along this stretch of motorway, apparently with no driver. The truck disappeared once Mr Devereux had finished overtaking.

Frilly Woman

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Victoria Road, Aston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This shade dressed in green is reported to just 'appear' in the middle of the road or on the kerb before drifting across the street before vanishing again.

Hit and Vanish

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Witton Cemetery, Moor Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: A driver was convinced that he had run over a figure outside the cemetery (he felt and heard the 'bump' of the body on the car's bonnet), but the 'victim' vanished without trace. A police search of the area also failed to find any evidence of the accident.

Woman with Bike

Location: Bishops Waltham (Hampshire) - Undisclosed main road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: A woman dressed in black holding a bike asked two friends for directions to Dean. They gave the directions, during which the woman would only say 'yes', and afterwards she climbed onto her bike and disappeared seemingly into thin air when the two witnesses momentarily looked away. One of the friends later said that the bike was Victorian and the woman's clothing 'odd'.

Woman in Black

Location: Black Heddon (Northumberland) - Roads around village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly girl has been seen as she forlornly drifts around the village - it is thought that she was accidentally trampled to death by horsemen many years ago. This ghost shouldn't be confused with the other Black Heddon spirit; familiarly known as Silky, it jumps on the backs of passing horse riders, scaring them and often causing the horse to bolt.

Dorothy Southworth

Location: Blackburn (Lancashire) - Samlesbury Hall (part of the building now a restaurant), and road outside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 May 2006
Further Comments: This pale female spectre haunts an area of the garden where her lover was killed. It is said she is sometimes accompanied by a knight. A bus driver travelling on the road by the hall reported stopping to let a pale girl climb on board, only for her to vanish. In May 2006, the owner of a newly opened restaurant within the building reported a white figure which ran past him, cross the road, and vanished into nearby fields.

Black Dog

Location: Blakeney (Norfolk) - Little Lane
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lane is a favoured haunt for the black shuck. The same lane is reportedly haunted by a ghostly horse and carriage.

Dorothy Forster

Location: Blanchland (Northumberland) - Old Hexham Road, and Lord Crewe Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom Dorothy is still reported to drift down the road, heading towards the pub where she also haunts.

Moving Head

Location: Bleak Rivington (Lancashire) - Road near the vicarage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The head of a man is said to move rapidly at ground level - they say that it belongs to a ghostly rider, but his mount and body can no longer be seen as the road has been built up over the years.

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