Do YOU live near the UK’s most haunted roads? From phantom hitchhiking brides to demon dogs and vanishing lanes, Britain’s spookiest motorways are revealed
From a phantom hitchhiking bride who disappears when she gets in your car to a demon dog from the underworld, Britain’s most haunted roads have been revealed.
Among the list of paranormal hotspots, compiled by Goodbye Car, is ‘The Devil’s Highway’ near Bolton and Blue Bell Hill in Kent, where the tragic death of three young women in the 60s sparked rumours of ghosts haunting the area.
Elsewhere the police have recorded calls from drivers that describe having run over an old man in a tweed suit who they claim was crossing the road. But after going out to check, the man was nowhere to be seen.
Here, Femail reveals Britain’s most haunted roads where drivers say other-worldly spirits are lurking.
The Devil’s Highway
Location: A666 Near Bolton
There have been a number of sightings of a shady figure at the side of the road on the A666 Near Bolton, often referred to as The Devil’s Highway
Sometimes referred to as the Devil’s Highway because of it’s high accident rate and the Biblical associations of the number 666, several drivers have reported paranormal occurrences on this stretch of road.
There have been a number of sightings of a shady figure at the side of the road after the sun goes down, described by eye-witnesses as being hunched over with a slight limp.
There has even been footage, filmed on a dashcam, which circulated on the internet showing the white figure approaching the car slowly, much to the distress of the driver and their passenger.
The Ghost Road
Location: A75 Gretna to Annan
The A75, just over the border between England and Scotland, links Gretna to Annan and is notorious for being extremely badly lit and many believe they have spotted ghosts in the dark
This road, just over the border between England and Scotland, links Gretna to Annan and is notorious for being extremely badly lit.
Driving along pitch black roads can play tricks on the mind at the best of times, especially if you’re aware that this road has seen incidents of the paranormal in the past.
Unnervingly, the police have recorded calls from drivers that describe having run over an old man in a tweed suit who they claim was crossing the road. But after going out to check, the man was nowhere to be seen.
Blue Bell Hill
Location: A229, Kent
The A229 in Kent was the scene of an unfortunate tragedy back in November 1965 when three young woman and locals believe the ghost of a bride-to-be lurks in the area
This particular road was the scene of an unfortunate tragedy back in November 1965 when three young woman, including one who was due to be married, were killed following a car accident.
Despite the bride-to-be dying in hospital days later, many believe that her ghost haunts the road, with spiritual believers often gathering outside the Lower Bell pub nearby.
Since then, the woman has been spotted wearing her extravagant wedding dress, veil and all, standing by the side of the road waiting for a lift – with some eye witnesses claiming to have let a woman inside their car only for her to disappear completely soon after.
The Stocksbridge Bypass connecting the M1 with the A1616 has gained a reputation for events of the paranormal
A relatively new road when compared to the others on the list, the Stocksbridge Bypass quickly gained a reputation for events of the paranormal. Connecting the M1 with the A1616, the spooky shenanigans started occurring as soon as the building work started.
When construction was underway back in 1988, two security guards reported that they saw some young children playing right in the centre of the construction site, claiming the children disappeared without a trace as the guards approached them, with no signs of footprints.
M6 Bermuda Triangle
Sightings of tormented souls including vanishing hitchhikers and dubious eyes glaring at you from a nearby bush have been spotted throughout junctions 16-19 of the M6
Named after the infamous Bermuda Triangle, parts of this accident-prone route have been in place for around two thousand years.
What is now the M6 used to be travelled across by the Roman’s before the layers of concrete were added, and as such there have been numerous reports of Roman soldiers marching across the road.
Sightings of tormented souls including vanishing hitchhikers and dubious eyes glaring at you from a nearby bush have been spotted throughout junctions 16-19 of the motorway.
The Spaniard’s Inn
Roads surrounding the Spaniard’s Inn pub in Hampstead have a rich history of paranormal sightings
Roads surrounding the Spaniard’s Inn pub in Hampstead have a rich history of paranormal sightings.
The building dates back to 1585, and became famous thanks to Dick Turpin’s father reportedly being the landlord of the pub while the Inn gets its name from a Spanish Ambassador who used to meet with King James in the 16th Century.
There were also reportedly two Spanish landlords named Francesco and Juan in the 17th century, to which the rumour exists that the duo fell out and eventually ended with Francesco killing Juan in a duel, who was later buried near the Inn.
Reports have suggested that Juan’s ghost still haunts the pub and nearby roads looking for Francesco to claim his revenge.
Location: West Dumbartonshire
The bridge located on the grounds of Overtoun House in West Dumbartonshire is said to be haunted by the White Lady of Overtoun
The bridge located on the grounds of Overtoun House in West Dumbartonshire is said to be haunted by the White Lady of Overtoun – the ghost of the wife of former estate owner John White.
She is said to have become overcome with grief after the death of her husband and jumped off the bridge, where her spirit is said to linger.
Witnesses claim the bridge affects dogs in particular, causing them to throw themselves off the side of the bridge. It’s said that more than 300 dogs have suffered this fate over the years.
Just north of the Scottish town of Blairgowrie, the A93 is said to be tormented by the Hellhound of Blairgowrie – a dog from the underworld
Just north of the Scottish town of Blairgowrie, this stretch of road is said to be tormented by the Hellhound of Blairgowrie.
The animal is said to be from the underworld with glowing red eyes and stinking odour, patrolling up and down the side of this stretch of road spooking dogs and horses at night.
There’s even a legend that says you’ll die if you stare directly into the Hellhound’s eyes three times.
Infamous to locals in the area, Platt Lane in Westhoughton is another road with a rich history of ghost sightings and a tragic tale of death
Infamous to locals in the area, Platt Lane is another road with a rich history of ghost sightings and a tragic tale of death.
The Pretoria Pit mining disaster on 21st December 1910 led to the deaths of 344 of the 900 men and boys after gas leak from a broken lamp ignited into an explosion, with victims dying from flames or suffocation.
Now it’s been said that when you drive along Platt Lane you can see the eyes of the miners watching on from the bushes.
The Ghost of Gracious Lane
Location: A21, London
According to paranormal believers, the A21 around the south east is haunted by the ghost of Gracious Lane, who was angered when the road was made into a duel carriageway
According to paranormal believers, this stretch of road in Kent is haunted by the ghost of Gracious Lane, who was angered when the road was made into a duel carriageway.
The ghoul is said to now prowl the street looking to take revenge by leading cars off the road and the unfortunate drivers to their death.
After drivers travel underneath the bridge, an odd phenomenon occurs where the standard A21 road seems to disappear and a new road takes its place, which actually points in a different direction.
There have also been reports of a white haired woman being seen stood in the middle of the road. Most drivers try and swerve to avoid what they think is a human being, but when they inevitably run her over, find she’s disappeared.