|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Ford End (TL687163)|
|To:||Gransmore Green (TL707223)|
|Distance:||5.7 miles (9.2 km)|
|Meets:||B1008, A120, B1256|
|Route outline (key)|
The B1417 is a zigzag B-road in central Essex. The road was originally unclassified but gained its number in the early 1930s.
The road starts on the B1008 to the east of Ford End. The mainline of the B1417 points southeastwards but there is a one-way road from the B1008 to the B1417 to cut off the corner for traffic from Ford End; this is part of the original line of the main road and explains why following the slip road will automatically take you back to the B1008 unless you remember to TOTSO left.
The road heads north over the River Chelmer and then runs along an escarpment into Felsted. In the village centre we TOTSO right at a T-junction and then head northeastwards into Watch House Green. The road goes round two sides of the triangular green and has to TOTSO at the corner; the third side of the green, presumably the old road, is now one-way in this direction and signed for access only. After reentering open country we cross a bridge over the former Bishop's Stortford to Braintree railway line, now a cycle path, and then continue to reach the A120.
Before the present A120 was built the B1417 continued ahead to end on that road's old route, now the B1256. This alignment has now been severed, however, although the road still exists on the other side as an oxbow, and so the road bends sharply right to follow the A120 eastwards. We reach a roundabout where a westbound offslip is met and we turn left to go over the A120 and end on the B1256 at a T-junction. Some maps claim the road to the right, leading to the eastbound A120, is part of the B1417 but signs disagree.