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One Of Britain's Most Dangerous Roads Is Apparently Riddled With Ghosts

Niamh Spence

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One Of Britain's Most Dangerous Roads Is Apparently Riddled With Ghosts

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Have you ever been driving and something about your route just felt a bit spooky? Well, you could have been driving on a haunted road - and apparently the UK is full of them.

One road in particular is notorious for ghostly sightings and it's been named as one of the UK's most dangerous roads.

The Kirkstone Pass, which sweeps through the Lake District, has been noted as being full of ghosts with a dark history haunting it.

Kirkstone Pass is apparently very haunted. Credit: David Lyons/Alamy Stock Photo
Kirkstone Pass is apparently very haunted. Credit: David Lyons/Alamy Stock Photo

The road itself runs through from Ambleside in the Rothay Valley over to Patterdale in Ullswater, and it's filled with sharp bends and slopes.

Locals refer to it as 'The Struggle' thanks to its difficulty, and it's a road that can be dangerous for motorists unfamiliar with its winding ways and climbing peaks.

Despite being picturesque, the road is steeped in folklore and tall tales, with many who know it claiming it's haunted by ghosts, including a frightening grey woman as well as a poltergeist who plays tricks on motorists and travellers.

At one point on the route, sightings of a female ghost who was hanged for murdering her child have been seen at a tree known as the Hangman's Tree.

Motorists claim they've seen the ghost of a woman who murdered her child. Credit: A.P.S. (UK)/Alamy Stock Photo
Motorists claim they've seen the ghost of a woman who murdered her child. Credit: A.P.S. (UK)/Alamy Stock Photo

Further up the winding road is The Kirkstone Inn, which is also reported to be haunted.

The Lake District venue dates back to the 15th century and is believed to be connected to a monastery. The Inn was known locally for over four centuries as The Travellers Rest.

Many visitors over the years have reported ghostly experiences, with one of the most common being interactions with tragic Ruth Ray.

Ruth, a young mother, was travelling in bad weather to visit her sick father along with her baby daughter. Travelling from Patterdale to Ambleside, Ruth never returned home.

Her worried husband sent out a search party to look for her and their child. Sadly, the search discovered the pair had been caught in a snowstorm and Ruth had frozen to death near Ambleside.

Miraculously though, her daughter had been so well wrapped up that she had survived the freezing temperatures.

Named as one of the most dangerous roads in the UK, the Kirkstone Pass is said to have a dark past. Credit: Unsplash
Named as one of the most dangerous roads in the UK, the Kirkstone Pass is said to have a dark past. Credit: Unsplash

Now, visitors report sighting of the ghost of Ruth as she looks for her lost child and warns travellers of the snowy conditions that stole her life at such a young age.

Other sightings along the Kirkstone Pass include a terrifying grey woman who has been known to scream in the face of those who encounter her, as well as a sad young boy who was believed to have died in a 17th century coach accident outside the Inn.

Topics: UK News, Cars

Niamh Spence
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