Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

 
Vanishing Girl

Location: Broughton, Vale of Glamorgan (South Glamorgan) - Unnamed Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s?
Further Comments: The ghost of a young girl is reputed to haunt this area, one story stating that a doctor driving through the area hit the figure - believing her to have been real, he jumped out his car to help her, but she had vanished.


 
Woman in White

Location: Bucklebury (Berkshire) - Avenue at Beenham junction
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A lady in white is said to drift along this stretch of road.


 
Riders

Location: Buckstones (Yorkshire) - A640, near the Nont Sarah public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1968
Further Comments: A policeman returning home after a late shift spotted a small group of horsemen dressed in Cavalier-style clothing riding along this road. He drove past the figures three times to prove to himself that they were not a figment of his imagination.


 
Grizelda the Highway Woman

Location: Buckton (Northumberland) - Roads in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: At the end of every month (reoccurring), last seen 1987
Further Comments: Dressed as a male highwayman, this girl has been seen still riding her midnight black horse. She reportedly held up a stage coach carrying an execution order condemning a friend of hers, which bought him enough time to escape the noose.


 
Woman in Evening Dress

Location: Bulford (Wiltshire) - Road through the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghost moves from a driveway and crosses the road without any consideration towards oncoming traffic. One lorry driver was convinced he had struck a real woman, only to pull over and see her pass through a barbed wire fence.


 
Horseman

Location: Bunbury (Cheshire) - College Lane
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly man on horseback is said to cross the lane before vanishing.


 
Horses and Coach

Location: Bungay (Suffolk) - Road between Ditchingham and Bungay at Lions Grave
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Reported by at least one driver, a coach with a team of horses haunt the road, seemingly charging at incoming traffic and turning away at the last possible moment. One version of the tale says the coach is either seen or heard, but never both.


 
Horses

Location: Burbage Bridge (Derbyshire) - Layby along Ringinglow Road
Type: Other
Date / Time: 11 December 2016
Further Comments: Two witnesses in the back of a camper van heard the sound of horse's hooves outside their vehicle (even though they did not hear the creature approach). They heard the creature depart before it returned soon after, this time brushing against the rear window. The witnesses drove away, unable to see anything in the darkness. The driver turned the van around a few hundred metres down the road and returned to see what had been harassing them, but nothing was found.


 
Black Cloud

Location: Burford (Oxfordshire) - Road between Burford and Minster Lovell
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This cloud has been seen moving against the wind, and causes an extreme state of terror if it envelopes any witness.


 
Sir Laurence Tanfield

Location: Burford (Oxfordshire) - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The evil Sir Laurence Tanfield and his wife, the Lady Tanfield, are said to travel the area in a fiery coach. To observe the coach is said to bring bad luck or death.


 
White Feet

Location: Burgh (Suffolk) - Road (once?) known as Whitefoot Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: This lane took its name from the ghost with pale white feet that walked along it.


 
Coach

Location: Burham (Kent) - Pilgrims Way
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A horse-drawn coach is said to haunt this road, its occupants unseen and unknown.


 
Headless Horse

Location: Burnham Green (Hertfordshire) - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The result of a Danish skirmish over a thousand years ago, this decapitated horse runs along the lanes surrounding the area.


 
Lady O'Hagan

Location: Burnley (Lancashire) - Summit area of Manchester Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The last owner of nearby Towneley Hall, the woman now drives her horse and trap in the area. It is said you can hear the hooves pounding on the cobbled streets, even though the stones have been replaced with modern materials.


 
Crashing Car

Location: Burpham (Surrey) - A3
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2002
Further Comments: Police called to the scene where several motorists had watched a car crash off the road discovered not a fresh accident, but one that had occurred five months previous. The car was in a ditch, making it impossible to see from the road, and the skeletal remains of the driver were recovered.


 
Molly with Pail

Location: Burslem (Staffordshire) - Town streets
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: Feeling so guilty about her own sins committed during life, Molly returned as a ghost; balancing a milk pail on her head, she apologised to anyone she met. This restless spirit was finally exorcised by six holy men, three of whom died in the process. However, a shade wearing black and white was seen racing around near the churchyard in the 1970s, which may indicate Molly's return...


 
Thomas Busby

Location: Busby Stoop (Yorkshire) - Along Thirsk to Ripon road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 1703
Further Comments: Hanged here after murdering his father in law, the shade of Thomas has been seen still dangling from a gibbet.


 
Nan

Location: Buxted (Sussex) - Nan Tucks Lane, and Hadlow Down Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Nan was accused of witchcraft in the village - the road named after her is the one she reportedly used to escape a local mob who tried to lynch her. Nan later took her own life in a nearby forest, and her shade still runs along her escape route.


 
Speed Wolf

Location: Buxton (Derbyshire) - A6 northeast of Buxton
Type: Werewolf
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature is reported to resemble a normal wolf, but moving at fantastic speeds and covering great distances in a single bound. It is unclear whether the wolf is a physical entity, but the nearby village of Wormhill claims to be the location where the last wolf in England was killed in the sixteenth century.


 
King Arthur

Location: Cadbury (Somerset) - Cadbury Castle, and road between North Barrow and South Barrow villages
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Escorted by mounted knights carrying lances, King Arthur of the Britons traverses this route back to Camelot (as Cadbury is thought to be) on this day in June. One witness said that on 23 June 1995 they encountered an armoured man (more dark age than medieval) holding a standard on horseback - the figure disappeared around a corner, though there was no place that he could have gone. One legend says a door opens every seven years in the hillside so that Arthur and his company can leave to feed their horses.


 
Red Eared Pigs

Location: Calcutt (Wiltshire) - A419?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Several small white swine with red ears cross the road once a year on Christmas Eve.


 
Coach

Location: Calcutt (Wiltshire) - Bridge in the area (A419?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This coach, pulled by a team of four horses, crosses a bridge close to Calcutt.


 
Coach

Location: Caledon (County Tyrone) - Road leading to Tynan
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom coach is said to travel the road in this area.


 
White Figure

Location: Calne (Wiltshire) - Road along Derry Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1968
Further Comments: A driver and his passenger spotted a white figure in the road in front of them as they drove late at night. Their sighting tied in with a local legend about the road being haunted by a person in white.


 
Naked Man

Location: Calne (Wiltshire) - Road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A naked man is said to haunt a road in this area. One story says that the figure was a highwayman who stripped and oiled himself up, to ensure that no one could grab him.


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