|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||26.4 miles (42.5 km)|
|Meets:||A60, B6043, A618, B6419, A6192, B6050, B6543, A61, A617, A632, B6057, B6150, B6050, A621, A623, B6012, B6048, A6020, B6001, A6, B5055|
|Old route now:||B6043, B6543|
|Route outline (key)|
The A619 is a medium-length A-road connecting industrial towns of the East Midlands with the Peak District.
Section 1: Worksop – Chesterfield
The road begins, as it always has, at a junction with the A60 south of Worksop. The junction is now rather bizarre - think of a roundabout in reverse - where traffic on the roundabout gives way to traffic approaching it. We head west and pass underneath a steel railway bridge and then over farmland past Whitwell to reach an at-grade crossroads with the A618. This section has a 50mph speed limit and speed cameras to enforce it. Several wide bends take us into Barlborough, and before entering the village an old alignment of the road can be seen on the right.
A small roundabout is the old junction with the A616 - the existing one with that road's new alignment is 200 yards further on. The speed limit here has been recently reduced to 40mph. The bridge over the M1 just afterwards is interesting as it is unused D2 - what would be the westbound side is a lay-by whilst the eastbound side is used for the road itself; road markings even suggest that this road was D2 at one time.
We then pass through a very slow section of the route. It is only six miles long, but the villages of Mastin Moor, Staveley and Brimington are all adjacent to each other and get quite congested. There is a short one-way system in Brimington too. Add in 30 and 40mph speed limits enforced by a forest of speed cameras, and traffic heading for Chesterfield from the M1 South would probably be quicker to avoid this route, despite it being the signed one, and use junction 29 and the D2 A617 instead.
Section 2: Chesterfield – Bakewell
After leaving the A61 in Chesterfield, the route of the A619 follows what is actually a useless multiplex with the A617 to the next roundabout where it meets the A632 only 50 yards from the GSJ mentioned above (eastbound traffic is in fact directed via the GSJ rather than the A61 roundabout). These two routes then multiplex for a couple of miles before the latter turns off at a small roundabout adjacent to a supermarket.
The outskirts of the town become leafier as the speed limit increases to 40mph, before we ascend a long hill that has now been straightened and given two lanes on the uphill side. The original alignment can still be seen on the right, and it is also used for a couple of lay-bys. The top section of the hill at Wadshelf is still S2 however. We pass the Highwayman pub before gradually descending a long, sometimes twisty, hill, though the top half has been straightened.
The A621 and A623 are both met at roundabouts in the village of Baslow and the River Derwent is crossed on a relatively new bridge. There is then a TOTSO right at the B6012 (old A623) junction. Several sweeping bends take us to an acute-angled crossroad junction with the B6048 and A6020. This latter route takes over the primary designation - being the through route to the A6 north - whilst the A619 is downgraded to non-primary on its final couple of miles into Bakewell.
We cross the river Wye on a magnificent 14th-century stone-arched bridge, and then negotiate a very short one-way system in Bakewell town centre, before reaching the end of the A619 at a roundabout junction with the A6.