Some people love to hear tales of the supernatural. Others really aren’t bothered. I definitely fall into the latter of the two, but I like to get into the spirit of things.
Whatever you believe, there’s always a spooky feel driving your truck on a foggy morning or dark evening. After all, if you’re going to see a ghost, this is when it’s going to happen.
If you’re driving in the UK any time soon, here are some of the spookiest roads you may want to avoid.
Barford Bridge, Northamptonshire
A stretch of road along the A6003 is said to be haunted by a bearded monk. Apparently, he likes to appear in front of drivers at night. Ten years ago, the Northamptonshire Paranormal Investigation Team set up a night watch in the area and reported an unusual drop in temperature and loud banging when they tried to make contact with the spirit world.
The Devil’s Highway, near Bolton
The devilishly-named A666 has reports of a dark shadow that appears in front of motorists. Several accidents along this stretch of road have been blamed on ghostly sightings, many of a hunched-over figure limping at the side of the road. There’s even a video showing a figure crossing the road. A666 – I guess the name’s a bit of a giveaway.
A75, Gretna to Annan
Dubbed the Ghost Road, the A75 between Gretna and Annan is said to be Scotland’s most haunted road. In the 1950s a truck driver was convinced he’d hit a couple that had walked out in front of him, but found no trace when he got out to check. Since then, there have been frequent sightings of people jumping out in front of moving vehicles. Lots of those are of an old man dressed in tweed crossing the road. He’s never been found.
Numerous drivers have reported seeing a woman in a white dress hitchhiking at the side of the A229. Some claim to have given the bride a lift only for the woman to disappear as soon as she gets out of the vehicle. Tragically, a real bride named Judith Langham was hit and killed by a car while wearing her wedding dress in 1965. Her memory lives on…
M6, Preston to Gretna
Commonly referred to as the backbone of Britain, the M6 motorway spans more than 350 miles. So, it’s little wonder it has had more ghostly sightings than any other route in the UK. Apparitions include everything from Roman soldiers at the side of the road to a phantom lorry driver travelling against the flow of the traffic. A number of accidents on the M6 are reportedly due to drivers getting distracted by such sightings.
I might not believe in ghosts, but sometimes, when I’m at the wheel, I do wonder what’s lurking around the next bend. Drive safely…