B201 (Northern Ireland)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||13.1 miles (21.1 km)|
|Meets:||A29, A2, A371|
|Route outline (key)|
Originally the B201 started on the western side of Coleraine town centre on the A2 Waterside, just west of the bridge over the River Bann, and headed out of town along Captain Street and Carthall Road. This has now been declassified with the construction of the western bypass. We therefore start at a roundabout on the A29 in the southwestern suburbs and head north along Greenhall Highway to a roundabout where we rejoin the road's original route.
We now head southwest across the fields along Windyhill Road. To begin with the road seems flat which poses the question where the road name comes from; however, we presently do start climbing steeply. The sea can be seen from the top of the hill. After crossing a small valley there's another climb. We contour round the hill on the right, after which the road becomes wooded.
After a switchback section across moor and through wood the road descends as steeply as it climbed. After levelling out we cross the fields to reach the A2, which comes in from the right and takes on the road ahead. Originally the B201 ended here, with the A-road continuing into Limavady; however, when the bypass was built our road was extended into town.
There's a short multiplex to a roundabout, where the B201 regains its number by turning left. We zigzag across the River Curly and then follow Dowland Road over the A37 and into Limavady. The road becomes residential and we continue for a few hundred yards to end at traffic lights on the A371. The town centre is to the right.