|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||8.2 miles (13.2 km)|
|Meets:||A620, A631, A161|
|Route outline (key)|
The B1403 is a fairly rural B-road in north Nottinghamshire. The road was originally unclassified but gained its number in the late 1920s.
Clarborough - Gringley
The road starts at a T-junction on the A620 in Clarborough. The junction is arranged so that the A620 is the main route, making a sharp bend at the junction. We turn off the main road and head through the "suburb" of Hayton, a collection of cottages and farm buildings. This area is signed frequently as a "Community Speed Watch Area", so presumably has an issue with speeding cars on this wide, straight road.
On leaving the village, we bend sharply to the left at the Boat Inn, and over a humpback bridge over the Chesterfield Canal. It isn't quite narrow enough for there to be a single lane of traffic over the bridge, but nonetheless care should be taken here. Over the bridge, the road bends sharply to the right and on to a perfectly straight, flat section of road. After about a mile, a series of bends slows us down on the approach to Clayworth village. We cross the Chesterfield Canal again, this time on a single-track bridge, with a couple of nasty bends on each side. Towards the far side of the village, we reach a T-junction, where we TOTSO to the right. This part of the road is fairly uneventful; it passes through fairly flat scenery, with smooth bends and a good, two-lane width all the way to Gringley on the Hill. Here we reach the Gringley bypass, a little isolated section of dual carriageway on the A631. We must turn right and follow the bypass for a short distance, as the old road has been blocked.
Gringley - Misterton
After a short period on the A631 we turn left and up a hill into the village. The road does not pass through the heart of the village itself, but merely skirts the eastern edge, before descending back down on the carrs (plains). Another uneventful section of road follows, but is actually quite a pleasant drive, with rolling hills and gentle bends. Fountain Hill is a small collection of houses that straddle road junctions halfway between Gringley and Misterton; the roads go to Walkeringham on one side, and the canal on the other.
It doesn't take long to reach the edge of Misterton from Fountain Hill. At the very edge of Misterton we cross the Chesterfield Canal (for the last time!) on a wide bridge. A set of long, sweeping bends slow traffic down in the village, before the B1403 finally ends at a T-junction with the A161. Turn left here for Haxey and eventually Goole, and right to return back towards Gainsborough.