Ghosts & Hauntings of the Highways & Byways

Bear in Ball

Location: Yeovil (Somerset) - Road between town and South Petherton
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Seventeenth century?
Further Comments: Travelling between the two towns, a lone man reported a huge bear with flaming eyes along the road, rotating within what sounds to be a large plastic ball (like the hamster 'toy'). The witness's horse then bolted and ran back home.


Woman with Child

Location: York (Yorkshire) - A64 Malton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Misty evenings
Further Comments: This tragic figure, possibly murdered by her highwayman boyfriend, now appears on misty or foggy evenings.


Highwayman

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Four All's public house, A64
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 06 November 2006, 23:45h
Further Comments: A driver returning home from work reported passing a figure on horseback, dressed in highwayman's clothing, stood by the wall of the pub. When the witness looked in his rear view mirror, the figure had vanished. There is a local belief that the highwayman is Dick Turpin, and sightings of the highwayman are said to go back to the mid twentieth century. A sandstone cave in the area is said to have been one of Turpin's hideouts.


Executed Alice

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Mad Alice Lane (now Lund's Court)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Hanged here in 1825, her crime apparently only guilty of being 'mad', Alice drifts along the lane that once held her name. Another version of the story says she killed her abusive husband along the lane and was executed at the castle.


Coach & Eight

Location: Youlgreave (Derbyshire) - Road between Youlgreave and Middleton, area known as Roughwood Hollow?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A gamekeeper was forced to flatten himself against a wall as a phantom coach pulled by a team of eight horses thundered past. Other reports of the coach along the same stretch of road state that the team is accompanied by several hounds.


Bloody Cyclist

Location: Zennor (Cornwall) - Road leading to Foage Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Covered in blood, this man pedals quickly down the thin road, as if desperate to find someone to help him.


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