|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Fourlane Ends (SK389557)|
|Distance:||18.9 miles (30.4 km)|
|Meets:||A515, B5023, B5036, B5023, A6, B6013|
|Old route now:||A615|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5035 is a long, largely rural B-road in central Derbyshire.
It starts on the A515 to the north of Ashbourne Market Place and heads east. It quickly leaves town before climbing up into the hills. The road gets very close here to the Peak District National Park although it does not actually enter it.
After going through Kniveton the road crosses Hognaston Winn, with views to the left and something on the right that looks like a flying saucer (it apparently has a function in air-traffic control). The road then descends again and skirts Carsington Water, running along its northern shore. Although the B5035 has been diverted from its original route in the area of the reservoir this is to bypass Carsington rather than because the old road is now flooded (it isn't; in fact the present road runs closer to the lake than the old road).
A short distance further on there is a right turn signposted to Wirksworth for light traffic. This is the original route of the B5035, which met the B5023 in the Market Place. Now, however, the road forms a sort of half-bypass of the town. It heads northeast to go under the High Peak Trail (a former railway line) near Middleton Top before reaching a crossroads on the B5023 (which has priority). Wirksworth is to the right but the B5035 continues ahead to pass the National Stone Centre and go over the Steeple Grange Light Railway before reaching a T-junction on the B5036.
The road disappears here and reappears in the centre of Wirksworth (presumably having multiplexed along the B5036 and B5023) just to the north of the Market Place, although through traffic is signed to take the unclassified first left turn off the B5036. The road heads east away from the B5023 to cross the preserved Ecclesbourne Valley Railway by the station before climbing steeply onto Wirksworth Moor. The road zigzags across a minor road without having to give way; this is where we rejoin through traffic from above. The road continues northeastwards and descends slowly at first but then more quickly, down into the valley of the River Derwent. A tower (a war memorial to the Sherwood Foresters) high on the opposite side at Crich Carr becomes visible; the B5035 goes fairly close to that.
The road reaches a T-junction on the A6 where traffic heading north must turn at a sharp angle. However, the B5035 turns right to multiplex along the A6 across the Derwent before taking the next left turn to regain its number. It crosses the disused Cromford Canal and goes through the village of Whatstandwell, climbing as it does so. It reaches the village of Crich where it bends sharply right by the war memorial in the village centre (turn left here for the Sherwood Foresters Memorial mentioned in the previous paragraph and Crich Tramway Village).
The road descends once again to cross a small valley before climbing to South Wingfield. Here the road descends into a cutting before turning sharply right. It heads east to cross the River Amber (which gives its name to the local government district) before going under the Midland Main Line. The road ends a short distance further on at a T-junction on the B6013 at Fourlane Ends. Just to the north is a junction with the A615, presumably the fourth lane of the name. Originally the B5035 continued on this way to end on the A61 in Alfreton; this became the A615 in the 1960s.