A524 (Fenny Bentley - Rowsley)
|From:||Fenny Bentley (SK239658)|
|To:||Great Rowsley (SK176499)|
|Length:||13.5 miles (21.7 km)|
|Met:||A515, A5012, A6|
|Now part of:||B5056|
|Route outline (key)|
The A524 was a reasonably short A-road in west Derbyshire.
As originally classified in 1922, the road started Fenny Bentley on the A515 north of Ashbourne. The road ran northeastwards, bypassing all the villages until it crossed the B5055 (A5012 after 1935) at Grangemill. The road now headed north. It passes between Elton and Winster before crossing the River Lathkill and following it to the River Wye. The A524 ended here on the A6, between Haddon Hall and Rowsley.
Around 1970 the number was swapped with that of the B5056, being the road from Newhaven (further north along the A515), via Youlgreave, to the same point on the A6. The section east of the bridge across the River Lathkill remained constant in this change.
Round about 1970 several A roads in the Peak District were downgraded - these included the A622, A6010, A6011, A623... and the A524, which of course vanished altogether. The Peak Park Planning Board wanted to funnel traffic onto strategic routes (called "Routes for People"); this scheme also resulted in the odd upgrade, viz the A6020 and the new A5270. This aimed to discourage traffic from ratrunning through villages and upsetting herds of cows, etc.
The B5056 is a "real" B road, and traffic on it is light. I guess its current status reflects its actual use rather than its 1922 imagined use. If the A524 were to be reinstated, then maybe Ashbourne-Wirksworth (for Matlock) would be more sensible: the current B5035 is wide enough and quite heavily used.Incidentally, the old termination of the A524 with the A6 is called Pickery Corner (slightly more precise then "near Rowsley"). (3 Miles from one's childhood home, etc, etc).
Original Author(s): Lez Watson
|A524 (Fenny Bentley - Rowsley)|