|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Markham Moor Roundabout (SK719735)|
|Distance:||8.5 miles (13.7 km)|
|Meets:||A1, A6075, A57, A638|
|Route outline (key)|
The B1164 was formerly part of the Nottinghamshire section of the A1, the Great North Road. However, the A1 now bypasses the many villages on this road, and the B1164 now acts as a local access road for these communities.
Our road starts on a modified diamond interchange with the A1 at Carlton on Trent. The A1 peels off to the left, and the original route bears right, along the line of the southbound on-slip. The village of Carlton was bypassed before the whole route was upgraded, so the B1164 has never run through the village itself.
The various parts of the intersection join up eventually at a crossroads, and heads north, still carrying the old "Great North Road" name. You can still see that this was an important road by its width, far wider than many similar B-roads of the area. We pass by many small hamlets before reaching Sutton on Trent. We don't actually pass through Sutton but skirt along a newer alignment to the west of the village, with a small diversion from the old road as we cross the East Coast Main Line. We cross it over a bridge, whereas the old road used a level crossing (now blocked off for safety reasons).
We carry on beyond Sutton, the road twisting along its historic alignment, passing Weston to the south of the village. More miles pass, with many random houses on either side of the road. Soon though, we reach the modern A1 again, just south of Tuxford. At this point, we must run parallel with the new road, as our old road is blocked by the dual carriageway. (The old route used to run straight into Tuxford here; the other part can be travelled on by turning off the new A1 and using the northbound offslip for the A6075.) We follow the new road for a few hundred yards, before meeting an access to it on our left, and our route now has to multiplex with the A6075.
We rejoin our road just to the north of Tuxford's main street, and we are back on the old turnpike route, as can be seen from the old coaching inns lining the route. On returning to open countryside again, we can see the new road to our right as it takes a more easterly route. Our road passes through arable fields and around the village of West Markham. Shortly after, we meet the dual carriageway again, at the Markham Moor interchange. For many years a simple at-grade roundabout, it was upgraded to a grade-separated dumbbell arrangement in 2008. It is here that our road ends, and we have the choice of taking the A1, A57 to Lincoln, or the A638 which continues along the Great North Road to Doncaster.