Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Nancy Camel

Location: Shepton Mallet (Somerset) - Streets and lanes of the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Night
Further Comments: This local old hag disappeared without trace many moons ago - she was renowned for walking the streets with her donkey in tow. Now she and her beast can be heard as they search the streets for people to take.


Location: Sheriff Hutton (Yorkshire) - Area near the A64 York/London road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Foggy weather
Further Comments: The young lady Nance has been seen standing on the side of the road holding her young baby - she died in the area after being deserted and left penniless by the child's father. It is thought she helps those lost and in peril.

Dog and his Owner

Location: Shipdham (Norfolk) - Crossroads at Blackmoor Road & Cranworth Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The dog died at the crossroads waiting for the return of his master, while the master himself died of a broken heart after losing his family after a prolonged absence from home.

Black Woman

Location: Shipmeadow (Suffolk) - Road leading to lock (known locally as Geldeston lock)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1908 - January 1909
Further Comments: A small number of men reported seeing this phantom woman several times over two months. She was described as having a black, shadowy appearance, standing around 1.75 metres tall, and moving swiftly. On one occasion the entity brushed against one witness and, on another, disappeared over a gate and into a field.


Location: Shipston on Stour (Warwickshire) - B4086, between Shipston on Stour and Atherstone
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The area of road where a farmer once met his death in an accident is now haunted; the ghost has been seen crossing the road in front of traffic before disappearing through a brick wall.

Woman in Long White Dress

Location: Shrewton (Wiltshire) - Crossroads known as 'the Gibbet' and other roads in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970
Further Comments: The phantom woman in white can reputedly be heard as her long dress rustles past.


Location: Shute (Devon) - Roads in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This coachman was so bad at his job he was killed as punishment, and even in death, his coach has not been returned.

Walking Woman

Location: Sixpenny Handley (Dorset) - Road between Upwood and Deneland, and Common Drive
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early / mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A tall dark woman wearing a cape has been seen by a couple of villagers - she would vanish while walking. Other roads in the area are reputedly haunted by a man who also vanishes without warning.


Location: Sixpenny Handley (Dorset) - Spots Green, between village and Upwood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1910s
Further Comments: A phantom policeman was observed walking along the road before vanishing.

Headless on Headless

Location: Skipsea (Yorkshire) - Roads around town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The headless highwayman seen around this area rides a headless horse. A road on a hill south of the town is haunted by a woman (who may also be headless) wearing black, who quickly vanishes just before reaching a hill.

Clifford's Coach

Location: Skipton (Yorkshire) - High Street
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Midnight, prior to a death in the family (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The appearance of Lady Ann Clifford in her horse drawn coach was said to herald the death of the owner of the local castle.

Young Girl on Horseback

Location: Slapton (Buckinghamshire) - Road from Slaptonbury Mill (no longer standing) to farm on other side of the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1980
Further Comments: Legend says that the girl and her horse were both drowned when the mill stream flooded; the sound of the horse's hooves can still be heard. One driver reported seeing a well-dressed person upon a white horse as they travelled between Ivinghoe Aston and Slapton. They feared that they had hit the horse, so stopped, only to find no one there.

1934 Austin

Location: Sligachan (Highland) - A850 road from the town, leading to Portree
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Racing around the roads, witnesses pull over to let this car overtake them as it approached rapidly from behind - but it always vanishes before reaching them.

White Horse

Location: Slindon (Sussex) - Area around village and Fontwell Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Often seen early in the morning, this riderless phantom steed moves towards witnesses and dissolves away seconds before reaching them. The entity may be related to the ghostly carriage pulled by a team of horses which was said to pass through the village along the lane close to the old butcher's shop.


Location: Slough (Berkshire) - Meadfield Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 2016
Further Comments: Two people sitting in a car watched a 'shadow' pass by and disappeared up the road. One of the witnesses, who lived nearby, believed it related to a presence in their own home, which creates cold spots and generates the benign sensation of searching for something.

Man in Black

Location: Smisby (Derbyshire) - Forties Lane
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1967
Further Comments: Walking the area in silence, this phantom is described as dressed in a long open jacket with many small buttons, a waistcoat, tie, short trousers with matching stockings and a top hat.


Location: Snailwell (Cambridgeshire) - Country road between Snailwell and Chippenham
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2012, around 17:00h
Further Comments: During home in thick fog a driver had to slowly pass a US airman who was walking in the middle of the road. As the driver passed, they noticed that the airman did not appear to see the car and seemed to be glowing.

Grey Figure

Location: Snape (Suffolk) - Road between Snape and Sternfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 22 December 1974, 18:00h
Further Comments: Reported to the BSIG, a couple driving away from Snape encountered a dark grey humanoid shape which moved from the middle of the road and vanished into a hedge.

Dead Zone

Location: Sotterley (Suffolk) - Jay's Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Along this road is said to be a patch of land, the site of a murder, where nothing grows.

Disappearing Dog

Location: Soulbury (Buckinghamshire) - Road between Soulbury & Stewkley
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1880
Further Comments: A large black dog here often escorted a local farmer as he drove his cart to market. When a girl tried to pat its head, it vanished.

Grey Figure

Location: South Cerney (Gloucestershire) - Road towards village from Kemble
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 09 December 2016
Further Comments: A five foot tall tornado/human-like figure was narrowly missed by a driver who swerved to avoid it. The witness said the entity was hovering about thirty centimetres off the road, was pointed at the base and formed human-like features further up, with a tail-like bit above the head.

Flagging Figure

Location: South Mimms (Hertfordshire) - Unnamed road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Spring 1935
Further Comments: Several motorists (and a vicar on his bike) encountered a figure who stood on the roadside flagging down travellers, only to vanish seconds later. More generally, the roads in the area where once said to be haunted by the ghost of Dick Turpin.

Eyeless Lady

Location: South Raynham (Norfolk) - Road between South Raynham & East Raynham
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1950s (?)
Further Comments: The eyeless lady dressed in brown who is reputed to lurk along the road between the two Raynham villages was thought to be Lady Dorothy Walpole, the same entity which was photographed at Raynham Hall in 1936 (although the authenticity of the image is questioned). Eric Maple wrote that the ghostly Walpole stands in the shadows along the road, as if waiting for a lift. If this is the case, one could speculate she would be trying to escape her violent husband Charles Townshend, who would keep her locked up at the hall.

Cu Sith

Location: South Uist (Outer Hebrides) - Road alongside Lochnan Eilean?
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: September 1949
Further Comments: A woman walking with two friends in the pitch dark watched as a self-illuminating dog, the size of a collie but with a small head and no eyes, ran towards her. The creature vanished as it bounded past, but the two men with her saw nothing at all. Once she reached home and described what had happened to her aunt, the older woman told her it was a Cu Sith, a fairy dog.

Slim Woman Crossing

Location: Southsea (Hampshire) - Zebra Crossing, Elm Grove
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010
Further Comments: A driver stopped at the crossing to allow a woman to cross the road. She was in her 30s or 40s, wearing a short skirt and knee high boots. As she started to cross, the driver heard the car behind sound its horn. The driver glanced in their rear view mirror for a second, before looking back to the road - the woman had vanished.

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