By Emma Dodd
There’s plenty to think about when towing your caravan along an unfamiliar road, but this Halloween drivers are being warned about ghosts. LeaseCar.uk has put together a list of the most haunted highways in the UK, adding an extra spooky element to your half-term getaway.
Blue Bell Hill, Kent
The ghost of a 22-year-old bride-to-be who was killed on her wedding day in 1965 is said to haunt the scene of her road accident on Blue Bell Hill. Of course, she’s still in her distinctive white dress, but if you get out of your vehicle to help, you’ll find she’s vanished.
Stockbridge Bypass, Sheffield
Phantom children were apparently seen playing on the construction site of the Stockbridge Bypass as it was built to connect the M1 with the Woodhead Pass and the A1616. They left no footprints and can still be seen on the stretch of road to this day.
Formerly the route of a Roman road, motorists have been said to see Roman soldiers marching along the M6. If you don’t see something quite as vivid as that you may still get the spooky feeling that someone is watching you, as sets of eyes are often glimpsed from behind bushes.
The B519 by The Spaniard’s Inn, Hampstead
Look out for the ghost of an 18th-century highwayman at the sharp turn in the B519 just before you get to the Spaniard’s Inn. He is thought to be the son of one of the pub’s owners, looking to hold up carriages on the road.
A666, The Devil’s Highway, Bolton
Seeing as 666 is the number of the beast, it’s not surprising that this road has gained itself the nickname of the Devil’s Highway. Look out for a hunched-over figure that appears and disappears along this stretch of road.
The Old Tay Bridge, Dundee
Listen out for the screams of the passengers who died when their train was involved in an accident on the Old Tay Bridge in 1879. All 75 people on board perished when the bridge collapsed into the icy water below.
Platt Lane, Lancashire
Phantom coal miners have been spotted plodding along this road and sometimes even dragging coal wagons behind them. It’s not surprising when you realise it is close to the site of the 1910 Pretoria Pit tragedy, when 344 miners were killed.
The A636, Wiltshire
Speculation surrounding seven fatal accidents on a stretch of the A636 known as Sally in the Woods had led to many pointing to paranormal activity. A young girl was once killed there when she ran out into the road.
B1249 between Driffield and Staxton Hill, East Riding of Yorkshire
It’s werewolves you want to be wary of in this area of Yorkshire, as packs of wolves called this area home right up to the 15th century. Having been hunted to extinction, it’s no wonder they’ve come back to haunt drivers passing through their ancestral roaming grounds.
A3 near Burpham, Surrey
Local police responded to reports of a car seen swerving off the A3 near Burpham in 2002, but when they found the vehicle, the occupant had died some five months previously. The only possible explanation is that witnesses saw the ghost reenacting the crash that killed him.