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Female Hitchhiker

Location: Waterlooville (Hampshire) - Hulbert Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1976
Further Comments: Apparently seen several times, this girl stands in front of incoming traffic, vanishing when hit. She is said to be the ghost of a hitchhiker hit by a car along the road.

Floating Woman

Location: Watnall (Nottinghamshire) - Nuthall to Moorgreen road, just before the Royal Oak public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1964
Further Comments: A witness on a motorbike narrowly avoided hitting a woman who crossed the road on a bend. Turning around to shout at the woman, the witness then realised she was floating across the road.


Location: WC1 (Greater London) - Doughty Street, road outside Dickens's museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: Dickens' ghost, dressed in black with a top hat, has been seen pacing along the street where he once lived.

Hooded Monk

Location: Weeley (Essex) - Outside Hillside House, along lane
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1993
Further Comments: A couple passing the house reported seeing a ghostly monk near the building, crossing the road and walking down the lane leading to Great Bentley.

Accidents along the M4 - could ghosts be to blame?

Palmer's Post

Location: Welford (Berkshire) - M4 Motorway near the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970
Further Comments: Used by a local wise man as a place to banish evil spirits, the post was uprooted when the motorway was constructed; subsequent mishaps on the road have been attributed to the incident.

Man with Torch

Location: Wellington (Somerset) - A38, near the Heatherton Grange Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Appearing to be a man in a raincoat, this phantom uses his torch to try to flag passing cars down. One woman who refused to stop narrowly avoided hitting him. A truck driver reported once giving the ghostly man a lift to Holcombe Bridge, not realising the man was a ghost until a short time later; the driver almost hit the man as he stood in the same place where he was first picked up. Stopping to ensure that the hitcher was okay, the truck driver watched as the stranger vanished before his eyes. This may be the same entity which has been seen at Taunton.

Girl in Red

Location: Welwyn (Hertfordshire) - Non pedestrianised bank between the two Welwyn tunnels
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid 2000s and late 1990s
Further Comments: In the mid-2000s, a train guard reported looking out the window of a slow moving train and spotting a young girl in an old fashioned red dress. The guard looked away for a second, during which the girl vanished. When the story was shared, it emerged a driver had seen the figure several years previous.

Horse and Half A Rider

Location: Wendover (Buckinghamshire) - Steep road off the M40, though Wendover Woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: Recorded by the local press, a man reported that his wife had seen a horse pass in front of the car in which she was travelling, and upon the creature was the bottom half of a rider - the figure was not visible above legs. The driver of the car did not spot anything.

Crossroad Ghost

Location: Wendron (Cornwall) - Crossroads about 800 metres from town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Buried at this junction after he committed suicide, this shade (named Tucker by some) came back. The ghost was soon laid to rest by the Rev Mr Jago.


Location: West Ashby (Lincolnshire) - A153
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: During the early part of the twentieth century, a man driving a horse and cart home reported his horse bolting after nearing a cyclist who travelled on the wrong side of the road. When the horse was brought under control, the cyclist had vanished. Another source stated that between 1988 and 1998 there were three accidents along the road caused by vehicles swerving to avoid a bike, although the bike could never be seen after the event.

The phantom horseman never reaches journey's end.

Speeding Horseman

Location: West Auckland (Durham) - Route between town and Hamsterley Forest
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen galloping at the speed of an arrow, this horseman vanishes once he enters the dense woodland.

Man in a Cap

Location: West Hendred (Berkshire) - Road through the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1964, and summer 2010, circa 23:30h
Further Comments: This phantom man darts in front of incoming traffic - the drivers brake or swerve, always believing it to be too late to avoid an accident, but the figure is gone. He was seen by two sisters in their car in 1964, three years after the event which had killed him, and may have been seen again in 2010 by a woman who swerved slight to miss a figure which ran out in front of her car.


Location: West Kennett (Wiltshire) - Road, exact area unknown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pulled by a team of four horses, a spectral coach haunts the area.

Headless Driver

Location: West Lulworth (Dorset) - Lane along Coach Lane Gates (gates may no longer stand)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly coach pulled by horses and driven by a headless coachman reportedly travels along this lane. The coachman was said to have been decapitated during a highway robbery.

Cloaked Figure

Location: West Mersea (Essex) - Between the Fox and turning for Waldegraves
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1990 and 2004
Further Comments: Driven in a car by a friend, a passenger reported seeing a white, cloaked figure cross the road ahead of him. Halfway across the road, the figure looked backwards, but continued to move forwards until vanishing into a roadside hedge. Around fourteen years later, the original witness was once again a passenger in a car, this time driven by his wife. She braked hard on the same stretch of road, as she had spotted something white cross ahead of her.


Location: West Vale (Yorkshire) - Crossroads
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 14 June 2012, 03:00h
Further Comments: While out for a night walk, a witness heard a child's cry near the crossroads. The sound became louder as they approached, by they were unable to find the source of the noise.

Glowing Ball

Location: West Witton (Yorkshire) - A684 between town and Swinithwaite
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This dazzling ball of light hovers on the road only to vanish when cars and other vehicles move too close.

Headless Horseman

Location: Westcott (Surrey) - Road between Westcott and Dorking
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007, approximately 02:30h
Further Comments: A headless horseman is reported to haunt Westcott. In 2007, one man walking between Westcott and Dorking was followed by something unseen which pushed its way through thick bushes and made a trotting sound.

Young Woman

Location: Weston (Hertfordshire) - Road near Lannock Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1972, around 23:30h
Further Comments: The phantom figure of a woman in white was seen by a husband and wife as they drove out of Weston. It is thought that the phantom is a girl who drowned on her wedding day.

Many Accidents

Location: Weston-super-Mere (Somerset) - Kewstoke Toll Road
Type: Other
Date / Time: No exact date
Further Comments: Though only a mile long, there have been a high number of accidents along this coast road, leading some to speculate that a paranormal source may be at work.

Coach and Four

Location: Weybourne (Norfolk) - Road through village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was once said that a ghostly coach pulled by four horses and driven by a headless figure would pass through the village and vanish into the church wall.

Racing Driver

Location: Weybridge (Surrey) - Brooklands Race Track
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This figure, complete with leather coat and racing cap and goggles, has been seen pacing the track. A semi-transparent car has also been observed racing around the circle.


Location: Whetham (Wiltshire) - Road heading towards Calne
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly coach is pulled by a team of six grey horses.


Location: Whiston (Lancashire) - Delph Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost along this road slipped and fell into a quarry whilst returning to his ship - the fall killed him, and now he continually repeats his journey.


Location: Whitacre Heath (Warwickshire) - Halloughton Grange Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s and January 2010, around 20:45h
Further Comments: During the 1930s a cyclist heading towards Kingsbury along this road swerved to avoid a nurse as she stepped out in front of him - he failed and passed straight through her. The encounter left him shaken, and when he finally spoke of the incident, he was told that a nurse had been killed in an accident on the spot several years previous. In 2010 a transparent figure in a cape was seen standing by the roadside where the road folks - once again the witness was left shaken.

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