A666 road

The A666 is a major road in Greater Manchester and Lancashire, England. Known as Manchester Road, Bolton Road, or Blackburn Road, depending on which area it is in, it runs from its junction with the A6, M61 and A580 at the Irlams o' th' Height boundary with Pendlebury near Manchester, through Pendlebury, Clifton, Kearsley, Farnworth, Bolton, Darwen and Blackburn before meeting the A59 at Langho. Along the route are the West Pennine Moors, the Turton and Entwistle reservoir and the Entwistle reservoir forest.

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Anchor Hotel on the A666 Blackburn Road in Darwen

It is sometimes referred to as the Devil's Highway[1] or the Devil's Road because of Biblical associations of its number 666, and its high accident rate on the moors between Egerton and Darwen. Conversely, for a short length from the M61 Kearsley spur and bypassing Farnworth to central Bolton, it is officially called St. Peter's Way.

Road works (speed limit changed from 70mph to 50mph, speed cameras, better safety fencing, banning cyclists from the road, slip road changes) finished at the start of 2000 reduced traffic collisions and crashes by 60%. Before this it was having 26 vehicle collisions and crashes a year with 40 people injured.[1]

UK road A666

A666 st peters way bolton
A666 near Farnworth
Major junctions
South endPendlebury
53°30′09″N 2°18′37″W / 53.5025°N 2.3103°W
North endLangho
53°48′31″N 2°26′41″W / 53.8086°N 2.4448°W
Road network

See also


  1. ^ a b "No longer the Devil's highway". Bolton Evening News. Newsquest Media Group. 13 February 2002. Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2008.

External links

Coordinates: 53°38′29″N 2°26′59″W / 53.6414°N 2.4497°W

666 (disambiguation)

666 may refer to:

AD 666, the year

666 (number), the number

The Number of the beast, a reference in the Book of Revelation in the New Testament

666 Desdemona, a minor planet in the asteroid belt

U.S. Route 491, an American highway formerly called U.S. Route 666

1980 Pennsylvania Lottery scandal, known as the "Triple Six Fix"

666 ABC Canberra, an ABC Local Radio station based in Canberra

666; a pornographic movie series by John Thompson Productions

666; an eschatological Christian sect in Uganda

B roads in Zone 6 of the Great Britain numbering scheme

B roads are numbered routes in Great Britain of lesser importance than A roads. See the article Great Britain road numbering scheme for the rationale behind the numbers allocated.

Clifton, Greater Manchester

Clifton is a small town within the City of Salford, Greater Manchester, England. Historically in Lancashire, it lies alongside and in the Irwell Valley in the northern part of the City of Salford. Clifton, a former centre for coal mining, once formed part of the Municipal Borough of Swinton and Pendlebury.

Cox Green, Greater Manchester

Cox Green is a village near to Bolton within the Egerton district of Greater Manchester. It is primarily a residential town.


Darwen is a market town and civil parish located in Lancashire, England. Along with its northerly neighbour, Blackburn, it forms the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen — a unitary authority area. It is known locally as "Darren" and its residents are known as "Darreners".

The main road through Darwen is the A666 towards Blackburn to the north and Bolton to the south, and ultimately at the Pendlebury boundary with Irlams o' th' Height where it joins the A6, about 21 miles (34 km) north-west of Manchester. Darwen's population decreased to 28,046 in 2011 and is made up of five wards.

The town stands on the River Darwen, which flows from south to north and is visible only in the outskirts of the town, as within the town centre it runs underground.

Farnworth railway station

Farnworth railway station serves the Greater Manchester town of Farnworth, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, England. The station has had several names, the present name being adopted on 6 May 1974.It lies on the Manchester-Preston Line 8 1⁄2 miles (13.7 km) north of Manchester Victoria, though only local services run by Northern call here.

The station received a minor upgrade in 2009, with the addition of automated electronic information display systems and automated announcements audio system similar to the system at Lostock station. The station has a ticket office, which is manned from 06:30 to 13:00 on weekdays only (closed Saturdays and Sundays). Outside of these times, tickets must be purchased on the train or prior to travel. Step-free access to both platforms is via ramps from the station entrance.

Irlams o' th' Height

Irlams o' th' Height is an area of Salford, Greater Manchester, England, on the extremity of the pre-1974 Salford city boundary, next to Swinton and Pendlebury.


Langho is a small rural village 5 miles (8 km) north of Blackburn in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire, England. It is part of the parish of Billington and Langho. The village is linked with Blackburn and Clitheroe by the A666 road and is served by Langho railway station on the Ribble Valley Line. The population at the 2011 census was 2,015.To the north, separated from the main village by the A59 road, is the original village of Old Langho. Further north there is Brockhall Village, a gated community developed in the 1990s on the site of a hospital. As of 2012, Northcote Manor, on Northcote Road, is the only restaurant in Lancashire with a Michelin star.The original Old St Leonard's Church was replaced by the present church in 1880, though the old church is still used several times a year for special services. There is a Church of England Primary School in the village, also called St Leonard's. There is also a Catholic church (Saint Mary's) and a Catholic school of the same name.

York, Lancashire

York is a hamlet in the Ribble Valley district of the county of Lancashire, England. It is near the village of Langho. For transport there is the A666 road and Langho railway station nearby.

A roads in Zone 6 of the Great Britain road numbering scheme

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