The UK's Most Haunted Roads
The UK's Most Haunted Roads. Photo: KnowInsiders

Superstitious drivers seeking a scare this spooky season have been told about 12 of the most haunted roads across the UK.

Driving in the dark can be scary enough as it is, but a number of spooky roads haunted by phantom hitchhikers, monks, and soldiers are supposedly peppered throughout the UK.

It’s not as uncommon as you might think. There are several roads in the UK that have a reputation for being haunted by ghosts and ghouls of all shapes and sizes. Here, we pick out six of the most notorious, running from north to south, in case you feel like taking on your own phantom-filled road trip this Halloween. Right below is the top 10 most haunted roads in the UK that KnowInsiders collected. Check out now!

Which are the 10 Most Haunted and Ghost Roads in the UK?

1. The Haunted Highway, Scotland

2. A229, South England

3. A21, South London

4. The Ghost Children: Stockbridge Bypass, Sheffield

5. The Spectral Soldiers: The M6

6. A616 Stocksbridge Bypass – South Yorkshire

7. A666, ‘The Devil’s Highway’, Bolton

8. The Spaniard’s Inn, Hamstead

9. The Kinmount Straight, A75, Scotland

10. Electric Brae, Scotland

List of 10 Most Haunted and Ghost Roads in the UK

1. The Haunted Highway, Scotland

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For over fifty years the A75, Kinmount Straight in South West Scotland has been the scene of numerous hauntings. Reports of paranormal activity have been frequent enough that the road has been nicknamed ‘the Ghost Road’ It is thought to be Scotland’s most haunted road and has received hundreds of reports of unexplained sightings. In 1957 a truck driver saw a couple walk in front of his truck and he thought he hit them. When the driver stopped to investigate the couple were nowhere to be seen.

In 1997 Donna Maxwell, 27, was convinced she had hit a man in the road whilst driving along the A75 near Swordwellrig with her two children. Travelling at 50 mph she saw the man jump out in front of her, about two feet in front of her car. He was in his 30’s, with short hair, wearing a red top and dark trousers. She braked hard, involuntarily closing her eyes and bracing for impact. When she opened her eyes, the car had stopped but there was no sign of the man. She contacted the police and the area was searched but there was no evidence of an accident. A description of the accident issued to the media a week later failed to provide any further explanation of the accident.

2. A229, South England

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If you are faint of heart, this road is not recommended. Another contender for England’s most haunted road is the A229 from Sussex to Kent. The local constabulary are not strangers to calls of people plowing into pedestrians, more specifically, a woman in white, only to lose track of the body. The ghost lady is generally regarded as that of Judith Langham, who was tragically killed in a collision of her wedding day, still in her dress.

But there’s more. It has been the site of other disturbing events, including a hitchhiker who can be seen hiking near a well-known pub in the area. When the hitchhiker gets into the car, he will tell you all the things that have gone wrong in the world and how he will make them better, but once you reach a certain spot on the road; he disappears from the seat to start this short journey all over again.

3. A21, South London

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If you’re in the mood for a thrill, you could take your life in your hands and drive down the A21. At the spot where the new dual carriageway intersects with the old Gracious Lane, several drivers have reported that the road in front of them “disappeared”, and a phantom road appeared instead, bending to the right. Ghost hunters have attributed some fatal head-on collisions to this phenomenon, which we have to assume is the ghost of Gracious Lane itself, heartbroken at being split so rudely apart. Reports of deaths from the The Gracious Lane Bridge, which passes over the A21 haunt this town with its’ unexplained mysteries.

It’s also been known for a motorist to think he’s knocked down an old lady with white hair, who’s wearing a fawn coat. When he gets out to investigate, naturally there’s no-one there, but usually there’s another driver on the opposite carriageway who thinks he’s had a similar accident. It seems an elderly woman was killed in that area back in 1959, and according to police accounts, her re-appearance always involves two cars rather than one.

A rather chilling story, including the real-life deaths of the nearby townsfolk has got us all intrigued…

4. The Ghost Children: Stockbridge Bypass, Sheffield

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The stretch between Sheffield and the Peak District, built to connect the M1 with the Woodhead Pass and the A1616, has been spooking drivers for the past 30 years.

Hauntings include a medieval monk and ghost children and have been reported since construction began in 1988. Back then, two security guards claimed to see young children playing in the middle of the construction site – only for them to disappear with no footprint evidence left behind.

An official report, and newspaper article, from the period describes two security guards witnessing several sightings of suspicious children in “old-fashioned clothes” dancing and laughing. On investigation, the children mysteriously disappeared.

Other construction workers corroborated the story with what sounded to be children singing in the middle of the night.

On the same evening, the guards noticed a cloaked figure but it vanished too. One of the guards, completely disturbed and traumatised by this, quit his job a few days later. Police officers were sent to the scene and experienced their own activity, such as their car shaking and “a man’s torso pressed up against the window”. Similar sightings have been perceived in recent years with countless drivers thinking children are playing at nearby pylons and swerving to avoid bodies in the road.

5. The Spectral Soldiers: The M6

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The M6 is the longest road in Britain, but what you may not know is that it’s also reported to be one of the most haunted. Most sightings along its 230-mile length centre around three themes. Some tell of a deranged female hitch hiker, others of packs of Roman soldiers marching up the hard shoulder (might they have run out of petrol?), but perhaps the most disturbing is of an old-style lorry steaming the wrong way down the carriageway at high speed. That’s certainly going to make you wish you paid extra to go down the toll road...

6. Mary King's Close, Edinburgh

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The preserved 17th-century street hidden under the City Chambers is shrouded in tales of murders and hauntings. The street was closed off during the plague outbreak and its residents were left to die alone for fear of others catching their gruesome sickness. The most famous of the street's residents is Annie, a little girl who died of the plague and lost her doll. Today tourists who visit Mary King's Close are asked to leave gifts for Annie.

7. A666, ‘The Devil’s Highway’, Bolton

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If any road was going to be haunted, it was always going to be the A666, which shares its name with The Number of the Beast.

Several accidents have been caused by sightings of a hunched-over figure limping at the side of the road along the Devil’s Highway. Known simply as the A666 ghost, dashcam footage from 2015 revealed a white creature appear out of nowhere on the deserted road. The video shows the figure slowly approaching a terrified driver while the passenger cries for help.

8. The Spaniard’s Inn, Hamstead

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When you pull up to the Spaniard’s Inn in Hempstead, it may just look like a normal pub.

But do not be fooled as the pub instead has a rich history of ghosts and ghouls.

There is a real sense of sinister undertones around the area dating wa back to 1585.

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.

9. The Old Tay Bridge, Dundee

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A violent storm during the winter of 1879 caused the Old Tay Bridge to collapse while a train was passing over it. The six-carriage train plummeted into the ice-cold waters of the Tay and all 75 passengers on board were tragically killed.

According to an old legend, on the anniversary of the disaster each year, a phantom train can be seen crossing the old bridge and locals report hearing the screaming cries of the victims.

10. Electric Brae, Scotland

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Imagine driving down a road and suddenly your car starts to roll the wrong way. This is what happens on the Electric Brae. The road attracts a lot of visitors who want to witness the unusual phenomena of a car rolling up a hill.

The name of the hill comes from the belief that vehicles were influenced by magnets or electric forces in the environment, causing the odd happening.

However, just recently it was revealed to be an optical illusion, due to the position of the horizon. The landscape simply appears to form a slope, meaning the Electric Brae is actually a 'Gravity Hill'.

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