B49 (Northern Ireland)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||15.2 miles (24.5 km)|
|Meets:||A5, B48, B74, B69|
|Former Number(s):||A5, B44|
|Route outline (key)|
The B49 is a medium-length B-road in western Northern Ireland.
The road originally started on the A5 to the south of Ballymagorry. However, with the upgrade of the A5 in this area the B49 has been extended along its former route in both directions. The western end of the road is therefore on the northern edge of Strabane and the road has gained a spur at Ballymagorry.
The two branches of the B49 meet at the road's original western end (with the longer section from Strabane having priority) and the road heads northeastwards. It quickly goes through Artigavan before continuing into the hills. The road then descends to Dunnamanagh, where it crosses a stream and then climbs via a crossroads where it has priority over the B48.
The B49 continues east across the fields and passes the majestic, albeit derelict, Altinaghree Castle. Presently the road starts winding and eventually reaches Claudy. On the southern edge of town the road TOTSOs left. This is actually the original eastern end of the road, where the B49 ended on the B44. That road was downgraded in this area early on and so the B49 has taken on its original route into the centre of Claudy. The River Faughan is crossed, after which the current end of the B49 is reached, on the B74 (former A6). The road ahead is the B69.