Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

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 several 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 suddenly grow once seen, before pursuing 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.

Cloaked Figure

Location: Reydon (Suffolk) - Wangford Road, heading towards Reydon Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 January 2010, around 01:30h
Further Comments: While travelling by car home from work, this solitary driver passed a figure wearing a brown cloak made from what appeared to be sacking. The garment covered the entire body, except the face which was featureless and glowed white. The entity also had a pole or upright rope close to its neck, which stood 50cm into the air. The driver turned back to have another look, by which time the entity had vanished.

White Lady

Location: Rhiwsaeson (South Glamorgan) - Unknown road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman in white who haunted the area was said to have tried to locate a newborn baby, the kiss of which would release her from her fate.

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.


Location: Rochester (Kent) - Love Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Post-Second World War
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.

Man in Old Uniform

Location: Rockcliffe (Cumbria) - Road with railway crossing
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2017
Further Comments: A driver with passengers was waiting at the railway crossing for a train to cross. The driver watched a man in an old style army uniform emerge from a field and walk around his car. The driver wondered how the man had left the field as there was no entry point in the hedge. As the man continued to walk away from the car, the driver asked the passengers if they had seen him, but they had not.

Coach Crash

Location: Rockfield (Gwent) - Ancre Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom coach and horses is seen to crash before vanishing into a wall somewhere in this area.

Coach and Horses

Location: Rockfield (Gwent) - Road between Rockfield and Monmouth (Ancre Lane?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather dependent: Stormy nights
Further Comments: A coach pulled by a team of frantic horses reputedly vanishes into a field after crashing through a wall on the roadside.

Black haired Woman

Location: Romsley (West Midlands) - Bromsgrove Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 02 May 2010
Further Comments: The local press carried a story that Parasearch were investigating this road after receiving a report of a phantom black haired woman in a cream coloured cloak who stood on the roadside holding a staff.

Shadowy People in the Gardens

Location: Rougham (Suffolk) - Kingshall Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century, around noon on varying days
Further Comments: Happening at lunch time, villagers have reported seeing dark figures approach and cross gardens, only to disappear at dead ends.

Horse and Carriage

Location: Rougham (Suffolk) - Road between village and Bradfield St George
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2016
Further Comments: A taxi driver reported seeing a large black shadow that completely blocked out the headlights of the cab. The driver was convinced that the shadow was a carriage.

Doctor Stirling

Location: Rowlands Gill (Durham) - Clump of trees and undergrowth along Smailes Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely to be pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: Doctor Stirling was murdered along the road, his body dumped in a spinney, his killers never brought to justice. Around fifteen years after his murder, the doctor could once again be heard moaning and calling for help from the spinney. Two figures were also seen in the area, with pale faces and bright eyes, named by some to be the doctor's killers.

Shag Foal

Location: Roxby (Lincolnshire) - Road formally known as Goosey Lane (and/or Boggart Lane)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1830
Further Comments: A ghostly donkey covered in long shaggy hair was said to haunt this lane

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