|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||5.4 miles (8.7 km)|
|Meets:||A5271, B5050, A50, A5272, A53|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5051 starts on the A5271 at the Trubshawe Cross roundabout on the edge of Longport, Stoke-on-Trent. It travels east, passing the Steelite pottery works and eventually climbs into Burslem, the oldest of the six towns of Stoke-on-Trent. It meets the B5050 at a roundabout before heading through the town centre. The Old Town Hall (now a sixth-form college) is clearly visible and is passed just before reaching a set of traffic lights where the B5051 crosses the A50.
After passing the prominent "Big House" (former home of the Wedgwood family) and a turn off for Port Vale FC, the B5051 climbs up to reach the aptly named High Lane (the A5272) at a chain of roundabouts. This is one of those "awkward" junctions where road improvements seem to make no difference to queuing traffic. Leaving the junction behind, the B5051 descends once more through Smallthorne to reach Ford Green Hall, the oldest building in Stoke-on-Trent.
The B5051 climbs once more to reach Norton-in-the-Moors where it zigzags across a traffic-light-controlled staggered junction before descending to cross the River Trent in Norton Green. The road has been looking more rural since Ford Green Hall - but it is only now (whilst climbing the next hill) that we cross the city boundary. However, we do not enter open country but rather the village of Brown Edge - if not for the road signs you would not realise you had entered a new administrative area.
Brown Edge takes a while to get going - and the B5051 skirts the village centre to the south - but the B5051 does pass a pub and a couple of shops. Eventually, open country is reached and the speed limit is increased - but only to 40. The stretch of open country lasts a few hundred yards and we soon enter the outskirts of Endon. This road, with the bizarre name of Clay Lake, has large, set-back houses interspersed by woodland which probably explains why the speed limit remains at 40. Descending all the way, we seem to creep up on the centre of Endon unnoticed and the end of the B5051, at a T-junction with the A53, seems to come with no warning except for the 30 signs just before the junction.