|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Fishpond Hill, Mansfield (SK510612)|
|Distance:||19.6 miles (31.5 km)|
|Meets:||A617, A6191, B6032, A60, B6035, B6034, A614, A616, B6461, B6387, B1164, A1, A57|
|Former Number(s):||B6029, B6033, A611|
|Old route now:||A617|
|Route outline (key)|
The A6075 is a medium-length A-road in north Nottinghamshire.
The route is split into three distinct parts: a short section running around the north of Mansfield; a section from Mansfield Woodhouse to Ollerton; and Ollerton to Tuxford, on the A1, and beyond to the A57. We shall take a trip along the route in this order.
The A6075 begins in Fishpond Hill, where the MARR/A617 makes a TOTSO to the left, with the A6075 carrying straight on. It forms an unofficial bypass of Mansfield to the north, and a convenient route to the town of Mansfield Woodhouse. The route skirts the edge of Mansfield before reaching the A6191, now the main radial to Chesterfield. Continuing over this crossroads, the road briefly gains a 60 mph limit before reaching Mansfield Woodhouse. Working its way through the town, this section ends at a forked junction with the A60, and a short multiplex heading north.
The second section starts again by forking to the right soon afterwards and quickly reaches the edge of town. Passing through a pleasant mixture of scenery, ranging from open farmland to the very heart of Sherwood Forest itself.
A pair of mini-roundabouts (for Warsop and King's Clipstone) stand in the way of an easy run to the village of Edwinstowe, famous for Robin Hood's Major Oak. We cross the B6034 and run out of the village, passing by Thoresby Colliery, one of the last remaining coal mines in the country. Before long we reach roundabouts for the A614 and A616 with our road multiplexing briefly with the latter of the two to bypass Ollerton.
The third section of our road passes directly through the towns of New Ollerton and Boughton, once important mining towns, now turning to other industries now that many of the pits have closed. Beyond Boughton, we return to open farmland, and the road starts to become more twisty, passing through the village of Kirton on the way. Soon, we reach Tuxford, which once had the A1 passing through it. Evidence of former coaching inns and associated trades can still be seen. The A1 now bypasses the town, passing over the A6075 just to the east of town. The A1 cannot be reached directly from the route, but can be gained from various parts of Tuxford - and maps show that the A6075 has two spurs to provide access, with only the northbound onslip not provided. We carry on, leaving Tuxford behind, reaching the end of the road at a T-junction with the A57 to the west of Darlton. Turning right here will take you on to Lincoln via the Dunham toll bridge, a bargain at just 40p per car!
The A6075 was originally the B6029 from Sutton in Ashfield to Mansfield Woodhouse and the B6033 from there on, although the section east of Ollerton quickly became part of the A611. As part of a host of renumberings in the area alongside the creation of the A6075, the B6033 number was given to a short section of the former A615, in central Mansfield, the A611 has now been cut back to the A60 in Mansfield and the B6029 is currently unused. The renumbering in the area, that occurred in the seventies, coincided with the pedestrianisation of Mansfield town centre and the partial construction of the inner ring road. The upgrade of this route was probably an attempt to divert through traffic to Ollerton away from the centre of Mansfield.
The original 1970s start of the A6075 was Skegby Road in Sutton, where it met the old alignment of the A38 (now B6023). The route continued along Skegby Road, then Dalestorth Road and Beck Lane to meet its current alignment. This was changed in the late 1980s, with the construction of the A38 Sutton in Ashfield bypass, to a new start at the large Kings Mill Roundabout (the roundabout was replaced in 2002/03 by the large signalled crossroads found there today). The road then formed a fast route up the hill passing Kings Mill Hospital and meeting the former alignment at a new crossroads next to the Fox and Crown pub. In 2004, owing to the construction of the Mansfield Ashfield Regeneration Route (MARR), the A6075 was shortened slightly to the west of Mansfield, with the A617 taking over the route for approximately a mile.