|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||15.9 miles (25.6 km)|
|Meets:||A69, B6413, A7, M6, B7076|
|Route outline (key)|
The A6071 is one of the northernmost A-roads on the west side of England.
After leaving Brampton the A6071 crosses the River Irthing and then heads roughly northwest through largely flat countryside. Eventually Longtown is reached where the A6071 joins the A7 and multiplexes north with it out of town and over the River Esk. Soon afterwards the A6071 reappears when it turns left.
The A6071 passes to the north of some lakes before crossing a railway line. This feeds the MoD depot at Longtown which the A6071 then passes (at a distance). After going through Blackbank Wood, a road turns off to the right. This is the original line of the A6071, which crossed into Scotland and went along Main Street in Gretna Green, passing the famous Old Blacksmith's Shop before ending on the A74 at a junction that no longer exists.
With the upgrade of the A74, the A6071 was rerouted to bypass Gretna Green to the south and reach the A74 bypass, remaining in England throughout. Roads in this area have been altered beyond recognition and the A6071 now ends at the northern end of the M6 (J45). The slip roads north, onto the A74(M), still exist but are closed, so traffic heading north has to continue straight onto the B7076 and pass through Gretna.