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Some of the strangest roads in the uk

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Holly West-Robinson

March 22, 2016

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Electric Brae – Ayrshire – Ghostly phenomenon


The electric brae is known for being a haunted phenomenon. Cars are reportedly dragged uphill by a mysterious and invisible force despite the handbrake and ignition being off and the car stationary. Some say its ghosts, others say its magnetic attraction, religious believers may say it’s an act of god, when in fact: It is simply an optical illusion! Although looks may be deceiving, the brae actually slopes DOWNHILL. But this is not very clear to the naked eye. There are many ‘gravity hills’ around the UK that are exactly like this one and each one probably comes with its own myth of how it came to have these ‘unusual’ powers. Science can back it up, but it’s still worth a visit and fun to scare your mates too

Magic Roundabout – Swindon – craziest road system

Large road sign displaying several mini roundabouts and other locations

You’d think the magic roundabout would consist of a Jack in the box named Zebedee, a shaggy dog called Dougal and pink cow called Ermintrude! WRONG! The magic roundabout is probably the most confusing, intimidating and horrible junction you will ever come across in the UK. Based in Swindon and consisting of 5 mini roundabouts it’s easy to see how this monstrous traffic complex made it onto the map as being one of ‘Britain’s Worst Junctions’ by UK magazine in 2007. Unbelievably there are hardly any accidents because traffic moves so slowly!

Slag Lane – Haydock – one of the rudest named roads

Road sign in front of broken down fence with green foliage in background

Photo taken from the daily mail online.

I don’t think we really need to go into much detail with this one as it’s pretty obvious why this road has made it onto this list. As far as we know, there’s not an awful lot of history behind it, but we suspect it got the name from having a history of steelmaking in the area. Slag is actually a waste residue left over during the process of melting molten metal and turning it into solid metal. So when you think about it:waste, leftovers – no wonder it’s such a derogatory term these days! There are plenty of other (and probably worse) road names out there. If you fancy yourself as a bit of an “Inbetweener”, you could do what they did and go on a “rude road trip!”

Hardknott Pass – Cumbria – Steepest Road

Sheep grazing by the side of the road with large green hills in background

The Romans called it the ‘Tenth Highway’ and it has had many uses over the years, from carting goods in the middle ages, route access for the military, to being a cyclist haven. It took a lot for the Cumbrian Highways Committee to eventually deem it fit for motor vehicles in 1936 but it is still considered one of the most dangerous roads in England. Containing a plethora of hairpin bends, downhill drops and skinny gradients it’s un-usable for vehicles in icy conditions but other times of year should be fine, provided you have your wits about you. On a clear day you can actually see the Isle of Man!

Cat & Fiddle Road – Most dangerous

Sign on display at side of the road with grey clouds in the sky

Known for being one of the most scenic routes in England, and named after the Cat & Fiddle Inn (No there’s not actually a cat playing a violin waiting for you at the end of the road), this road runs through Buxton, Derby, and Cheshire. Renowned for its sharp bends and blind corners, it’s no wonder it’s classed as one of the most treacherous roads in Britain. It is extremely popular with motorcyclists and reports say that the accidents and collisions that take place are often as a result of careless riders. New safety measures have been put in place over the years to try and reduce the number of casualties, but it’s not stopped the problem entirely! If you happen to end up on this road at any point, our advice is just be extra observant and aware that anything could come round that corner at any point and at any speed!

There are many weird, scary and unusual roads in the UK but we haven’t got it that bad when you look at what other countries have to put up with. Take the famous Nanga Parbat Pass in Pakistan. Don’t like heights? Count yourself lucky you don’t have to take this route to work every day!

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By Holly West-Robinson

'Hi I'm Holly and I'm a young driver based in Peterborough! I love tattoos, food, drawing and anything art related, enjoy hanging out with friends and family and making a fool of myself. I'm definitely one of the adventurous types who's always up for a good old road trip!'  See more posts by Holly

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