If you’re not fond of spooky sights or ghostly goings on then these streets are not for you, as the paranormal experts at Quotezone.co.uk have compiled a list of the 10 spookiest UK roads.
However, amateur ghost-hunters rejoice as these eerie roads and mysterious motorways are ideal for the ultimate Halloween road trip.
Greg Wilson, Founder and CEO of car insurance comparison site Quotezone.co.uk, said: “Most of us are familiar with traditional ghost stories and may feel uneasy when driving past an old church or a cemetery at this time of year.
“However, few will be quite as aware of what unearthly terrors lie in wait for them when driving around the UK.”
Ranging from werewolves to ghost brides, these haunting experiences aren’t for the faint of heart.
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1. Mother and baby – Old Malone Road, County Antrim
There have been reports of a woman holding a baby jumping out in front of cars at the entrance to Lady Dixon Park. However when unsuspecting drivers stop and get out of their cars, the woman and her baby are nowhere to be seen.
According to local legend, the woman drowned herself and her baby in the nearby lake and now stalks the street haunting visitors to the park, still carrying her baby in her arms.
2. Roman soldiers – M6 motorway
Parts of the M6 motorway run along an old Roman road built between AD 43 and AD 410. This route would have been used by Roman soldiers during their invasion of Britain, and there have been multiple reports of witnesses seeing Roman soldiers march across various parts of the 230-mile road.
3. Werewolves – B1249 between Driffield and Staxton Hill, East Riding of Yorkshire
Author Charles Christian described a terrifying ordeal that a lorry driver had to endure when a red-eyed, hairy creature tried to force itself through his windscreen as he drove along the isolated stretch of road between Driffield and Staxton Hill back in the 1960s.
Around 50 years later, in August 2016, a young woman in the nearby village of Halsham reported seeing a monster that looked “like a big dog, probably bigger than my car, but it had a human face”.
4. The Ghost Bride – Blue Bell Hill, Kent
There have been countless reported sightings of ghostly apparitions on the road amongst Blue Bell Hill. The most common is that of a young bride-to-be who met her unfortunate demise in a car collision on the day of her wedding – November 19, 1965 – when she was just 22 years old.
According to eyewitnesses, she patrols the road wearing a white wedding dress and spooks drivers who believe they’ve hit and injured her. But when they get out of their cars to help this poor woman, she is gone without a trace.
5. Phantom Miners – Platt Lane, Lancashire
Do you ever feel like you’re being watched? Many motorists on Platt Lane have reported seeing spooky eyes peering out of the roadside hedges, as well as phantom miners pulling coal wagons behind them.
This road runs close to the site of the deadly 1,910 Pretoria pit tragedy which took the lives of 344 miners.
6. Huge hairy hands – Nine Mile Hill, Devon
Nine Mile hill first gained notoriety in the early 1920s when a doctor swerved on his bike to the side of the road and was tragically killed. A few weeks later a coach mounted the bank by the side of the road, near the gate of Archerton Drive, after swerving suddenly – one woman was badly injured. The driver claimed he felt hands that weren’t his turning the wheel towards the verge, but nobody believed him.
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Later the same year, a motorbike-riding army officer was also thrown into the very same verge. He survived, and told puzzled onlookers he felt huge hairy hands over his own on the handlebars, claiming they were just too strong for him.
7. The Executed Monk – A666, ‘The Devil’s Highway’, Bolton
The first supernatural being on his list to be caught on camera – dashcam footage from 2015 captured a white creature appearing out of nowhere on a deserted road and slowly approaching a terrified driver on ‘The Devil’s Highway’ while the passenger cries for help.
Known simply as the A666 ghost, the hunched-over and limping figure is believed by locals to be the ghost of a monk who was executed in a nearby tower back in 1643.
8. Ghostly Children – Stockbridge Bypass, Sheffield
There aren’t many things creepier than ghostly children, and it is reported that in 1988 – the time when a new road was built to connect the M1 with the Woodhead Pass and the A1616 – two security guards saw two young children playing in the middle of the construction site.
As they approached the children, they began to disappear without leaving so much as a footprint to help track them down.
9. The Highwayman – B519 by The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead
Just before The Spaniards Inn in Hampstead, there’s a sharp turn on the B519 which is believed to be haunted by an 18th-century highwayman. The ghost is believed to be the son of the then-owner of the pub, and still paces the road targeting unsuspecting motorists.
10. The Ghost Train – The Old Tay Bridge, Dundee
The Old Tay Bridge collapsed in 1879 as a train was passing over it during a violent storm. All six carriages of the train plunged into the freezing cold waters of the Tay and all of the 75 passengers were tragically killed in the accident.
A local urban legend suggests that on the anniversary of the disaster each year, a phantom train crosses the old bridge – with locals reporting hearing the screams of the victims.
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