Corpse roads provided a practical means of allowing the transport of corpses to cemeteries that had burial rights. In Britain, such routes are have been given similar names such as: bier road, burial road, coffin road, coffin line, lyke or lych way, funeral road, procession way, etc. These "church-ways" have developed a great deal of associated folklore regarding wraiths, spirits, ghosts, and such-like.
Most people know the rhyming proverb 'Fairy folks are in old oaks'.
'The Gospel Oak' or 'The King's Oak' in every considerable forest had probably a traditional sacredness from unremembered times, and an oak coppice in which the young saplings had sprung from the stumps of felled trees was thought to be an uncanny place after sunset. An oak coppice was often considered an evil and dangerous place to travel through at night, especially if it was a blue-bell wood.
Legend has it there used to be a tunnel connecting Easby Abbey to Richmond Castle. After many hundreds of years, possibly at the end of the 18th century, the tunnel was rediscovered under the Keep of the Castleby some soldiers . It had been quite damaged over the passing of time; only a small boy could pass through the fallen rubble.