Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

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.


Miners

Location: Calstock (Cornwall) - Road leading to Calstock
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This area of road is said to be haunted by a group of miners wearing out fashioned outfits and carrying candles.


Scared Workmen

Location: Calverton (Nottinghamshire) - Calverton Hall (no longer standing), Main Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: This haunting entity was less than impressed when its home was knocked down to make way for the Miner's Welfare building (also no longer standing), and scared two of the workers away. The area is now known as Old Hall Close, and the phantom woman is said to stand on the side of the nearby road.


Person on Back Seat of Car

Location: Calverton (Nottinghamshire) - George's Lane and George's Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century, 2016
Further Comments: A ghostly entity is reported to materialise on the back seat of passing cars in both these locations - on the lane the figure takes the form of an old lady, and on the hill the figure wears a black hooded garment. Normally the witness only sees the entity in the rear view mirror; when they turn around, the figure has vanished. In 2016 a cowled figure was spotted in a car park on two separate occasions.


Ginger Bearded Man

Location: Calverton (Nottinghamshire) - Main Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The main road leading through Calverton is said to be haunted by two ghosts - a man wearing a tweed suit and sporting a ginger beard walks along the path, while a phantom white lady waits patiently at a bus stop.


Large Furry Penguin-Like Creature

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - Newmarket Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once seen in Merton Hall, this strange creature has been more recently reported waddling along the Newmarket Road. A local paranormal group examining the case came to the plausible conclusion that the ghost may be that of a doctor in a cloak, wearing a beak-like mask which they believed would protect them from the plague.


Cyclist

Location: Camelford (Cornwall) - Road between town and Bodmin
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1984
Further Comments: This grey figure was seen peddling away along the road before vanishing without warning.


Cammeringham Light

Location: Cammeringham (Lincolnshire) - Area around Ermine Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950
Further Comments: This large white misty shape has been observed as it travels around the village. Some believe this to be the ghost of Boadicea who fought her final battle nearby.


White Figure with Red Band on Chest

Location: Canewdon (Essex) - Larkhill Road, near Puelsey Hall Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969, 1970
Further Comments: This area is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a Crusader, seen several times by local people.


Cloudy Horse

Location: Cannington (Somerset) - A39, between the Apple Tree Pub and the roundabout
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 21 November 2016
Further Comments: A driver observed a white cloudy horse run across the road and jump into a hedge on the opposite side.


One Time Mayor

Location: Canterbury (Kent) - Central city streets
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Riding his bicycle around the city he loved, the mayor has proved to be quite harmless.


Headless Horseman

Location: Cantley (Norfolk) - Road into village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Emerging from a deep pit near to Cantley, this headless spirit on horseback rides off towards the nearby village.


Black Blob

Location: Cappagh White (or Cappawhite?) (County Tipperary) - Road approaching Ironmills bridge
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1910
Further Comments: While travelling on his bicycle, Thomas Fahey stated that a strange black blob landed on his handlebars. The weird entity slowed the bicycle down considerably, before moving off and disappearing along a path.


Faceless Man

Location: Carbis (Cornwall) - Road between village and Lelant, between Longstone and Boskerris Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1850s, summer night
Further Comments: A woman walking home spotted a man in a tall hat standing by a bush. She expected the man to say 'good evening', but as she neared the figure, realised he had a blank space where his face should have been. She ran home and promptly fainted upon arrival. No one believed her story until a local preacher admitted he had also seen the figure.


Whitfield

Location: Carlisle (Cumbria) - A6, Barrock Hill near Carlisle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An infamous highwayman, Whitfield was finally caught and hanged for murder - but the rope was not tight enough and several days later a passing coachman heard Whitfield crying and moaning, dangling from the noose. To end the suffering, the coachman shot the hanging man; Whitfield's ghost can still be heard today crying for help.


Three Men

Location: Carmarthen (Dyfed) - A40 between Carmarthen and Llangathen
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer, 1981
Further Comments: A heavy goods vehicle driver spotted a parked pickup truck and three men standing on the side of the road ahead of him. Moments before he was now about to pass them, one of the men was pushed onto the road, falling under the cab. There was no bump or sound, and as the truck driver gazed in his rear view mirror, truck and men had vanished.


Man in Green Jacket

Location: Castle Donington (Leicestershire) - Just past Junction 24 of the M1 Motorway, where slip road meets the motorway
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 13 October 2009, approximately 07:45h
Further Comments: A driver was left shaken after seeing a man wearing a green jacket, dark trousers and headwear standing in the middle lane of the motorway. The driver glanced at her rear view mirror to see whether she could safely brake (she could not) and looking back at the road in front realised the man had vanished.


Hitch-Hiker

Location: Caxton (Cambridgeshire) - Road from Caxton Gibbet to Graveley
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is rumoured that a phantom hitch-hiker thumbs his way between Caxton Gibbet and Graveley, but no witnesses appear to exist.


Nuns

Location: Chadwick End (Warwickshire) - A41, near Chadwick Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: Several nuns were seen by police driving along this road at night, who narrowly missed hitting them. The police stopped and returned to talk to the nuns about the dangers of wearing black along unlit roads, but they had disappeared.


Silent Stagecoach

Location: Chalfont St Peter (Buckinghamshire) - Amersham Road and Greyhound Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Misty nights
Further Comments: An old fashioned stagecoach pulled by a team of ghostly horses passes along this road and vanishes as it pulls up at the Greyhound Inn.


German Pilot

Location: Chalvington with Ripe (Sussex) - Ripe Lane, heading towards village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1987
Further Comments: This pilot is said to have died during the Second World War when his aircraft crashed near the village. He now makes the occasional appearance in the field where he died. He was last seen by a woman driving towards the village.


Fiery Eyed Hound

Location: Chapmanslade (Wiltshire) - A36, Black Dog Woods
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: As the name of the location suggests, this wooded area is home to a black dog whose eyes glow as red as hot coals. To see him means death within the year. One story says the hound once belonged to a man who was killed in a duel; the dog tore out the throat of the surviving fighter.


Dog Walker

Location: Charing (Kent) - Pett Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man driving home with his mother spotted a man wearing a mackintosh walking his dog along this lane. The car slowed then stopped to let the man and hound cross, but they passed straight through the side of the car, illuminating the inside before vanishing without trace.


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