B161 (Northern Ireland)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||12.1 miles (19.5 km)|
|Meets:||B160, B73, B520, B520|
|Route outline (key)|
The B161 is a cross-country road in east County Tyrone. It was originally unclassified but gained its number in the late 1920s.
The road starts on the B160 immediately adjacent to its bridge over the Ballinderry River - and therefore only a few yards away from County Londonderry. We climb into open country along Drumenny Road then bear gradually round to the right to reach the B73 at a staggered crossroads, although the road layout here suggests our road originally went straight across.
We continue south along a straight road to a 5-way junction at The Diamond, after which the road becomes more winding. Presently we zizgag through Killycolpy and then draw near the shore of Lough Neagh. A sharp right-hand bend then takes us inland and within a short distance of Mountjoy Castle. We then continue west through Killen and shortly reach a roundabout, where we cross the eastern route of the B520.
There's now a short run across open fields before the road reaches Coalisland. After entering town along Annagher Road it ends at a mini-roundabout on the B520 (former A29). Some signs claim that the road to the left, through the town centre, is a spur of the A45 but this does not appear to be the case in reality.
|B161 (Northern Ireland)|