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Horrific highways and monstrous motorways: Spookiest UK roads revealed 

Motorists have been warned to avoid certain roads this Halloween after a string of eerie supernatural sightings have left drivers unnerved.

From ghost brides to werewolves, researchers from Quotezone.co.uk  have revealed the ten creepiest roads in the UK that are said to be stalked by a paranormal presence.

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The UK road network is reportedly riddled with ghostly apparitions, so easily-spooked Brits planning on taking a road trip during the spooky season have been told to reroute their satnavs.

Creepy sightings include ghostly children walking along Stockbridge Bypass in Sheffield and Roman soldiers marching down the M6 motorway.

 Spotting a ghost when driving alone in the dark on a deserted road is unsettling enough, but motorists travelling through the East Riding of Yorkshire have also reportedly been attacked by werewolves.

 Experts say that easily spooked drivers should avoid these roads because panicking could lead to an incident – and supernatural incidents are rarely covered by car insurance policies.

 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.

 “With Halloween fast approaching, we’ve researched the 10 most supernatural roads and revealed what apparitions drivers might find – so anyone prone to a scare should give these spooky streets a miss.

 “When driving it is essential that motorists remain calm for their own and other road users’ safety, so anyone easily panicked should steer clear because supernatural incidents aren’t normally covered by car insurance policies and they could rack up penalty points for driving without due care and attention.

 “On the other hand, these spooky roads could represent an opportunity for would-be ghost hunters to go on a phantom-filled road trip this Halloween, just be safe and remember to leave your dashcam switch on!”

 Here are Quotezone.co.uk’s 10 most haunted UK roads:

1.Mother and baby – Old Malone Road, County Antrim

At the entrance to Lady Dixon Park, there have been many reports of a woman holding a baby jumping out in front of cars but when the drivers stop and get out there is no one to be seen. Legend has it that the woman drowned herself and her baby in the nearby lake and now haunts the park entrance still carrying her baby in her arms.

2.Roman soldiers – M6 motorway

There have been multiple reports at various points along the 230-mile route of the M6 of motorists witnessing Roman soldiers marching across the road. Parts of the M6 run along an old Roman road, built between AD 43 and AD 410 which would have been used by soldiers during the Roman invasion of Britain.

3.Werewolves – B1249 between Driffield and Staxton Hill, East Riding of Yorkshire

In the 1960s, author Charles Christian described how a lorry driver was left terrified when a red-eyed, hairy creature tried to smash its way through his windscreen as he drove along the isolated road. Then in August 2016, a young woman described seeing a monster which looked “like a big dog, probably bigger than my car, but it had a human face” in the nearby village of Halsham.

4.The Ghost Bride – Blue Bell Hill, Kent

Over the last few decades, there have been countless reported sightings of ghostly figures on the road amongst Blue Bell Hill. The most reported being that of a young bride-to-be who was killed in a car collision on the day of her wedding – 19 November 1965 – when she was just 22.  According to the reports, she haunts the road wearing a white dress and startles drivers who believe they’ve hit and injured her, yet when they get out of their car to help, she has simply disappeared.

5.Phantom Miners – Platt Lane, Lancashire

Many motorists have reported seeing spooky eyes peering out of the hedges by the roadside, and phantom miners plodding alongside cars or pulling coal wagons behind them. This road in Westhoughton runs close to the site of the 1910 Pretoria pit tragedy which killed 344 miners.

 6.Huge hairy hands – Nine Mile Hill, Devon

The part of Nine Mile Hill near the gate of Archerton Drive first came to the public’s attention in the early 1920s when a doctor riding a bike suddenly swerved 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 after swerving sharply and one woman was badly hurt. The driver told of feeling hands turning the wheel towards the verge, but nobody listened to him. Later the same year an army officer was riding a motorbike and was thrown to the verge in the same place. He survived to tell bewildered onlookers that he had felt huge hairy hands over his own on the handlebars. “It wasn’t my fault,” he claimed, the hands were just too strong.

7.  The Executed Monk – A666, ‘The Devil’s Highway’, Bolton

Several accidents have been reportedly caused by sightings of the 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 appearing out of nowhere on a deserted road. The video shows the figure slowly approaching a terrified driver while the passenger cries for help. Locals have speculated that the figure could be that of a monk who was executed in a nearby tower in 1643.

8.  Ghostly Children – Stockbridge Bypass, Sheffield

In 1988 at the time a new road was built across the Peak District to help connect the M1 with the Woodhead Pass and the A1616, it was reported that two security guards witnessed young children playing in the middle of the construction site. As they got closer, the children began to disappear with no footprint evidence left in the trail behind them.

9.  The Highwayman – B519 by The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead

A sharp turn in the B519 just before The Spaniards Inn in Hampstead is said to be haunted by an eighteenth-century highwayman. The ghost’s father allegedly owned the pub for a time, and his ghoulish son still paces the road looking to target passing motorists.

10. The Ghost Train – The Old Tay Bridge, Dundee

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.

Unfortunately, supernatural incidents aren’t normally covered by car insurance, however, some do cover ‘An Act of God’, deemed an event that is not the fault of any individual, such as a natural disaster – most insurance policies do not contain an exclusion for acts of God. The policy will set out what is insured and what the main exclusions are. If a loss occurs from an event covered, then the insurer will pay out, by the policy terms and conditions.

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