|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Nether Haddon (SK239658)|
|To:||Fenny Bentley (SK176499)|
|Distance:||13.6 miles (21.9 km)|
|Meets:||A6, B5057, A5012, A515|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5056 is a rural B-road in the Derbyshire Peak District.
It starts on the A6 in Nether Haddon (where the road signs direct you one way for Haddon Hall and the other for Chatsworth). The road heads south along the valley of the River Lathkill before it TOTSOs left a few hundred yards further on, just after passing Bowers Hall.
Now heading south, the B5056 crosses the Lathkill immediately before running along the bottom of a narrow valley. It then climbs steeply up onto the moors, meeting the B5057 to the west of Winster before reaching a summit on Winster Moor. The road then finds another valley to descend, following it to Grangemill, where it crosses the A5012.
On the far side of the A-road the B5056 skirts a quarry before going under the High Peak Trail in the hamlet of Longcliffe. The road zigzags round for another few miles, preferring to follow rather than cross valleys, before it ends at a T-junction on the A515 at Fenny Bentley, to the north of Ashbourne.
All of the above was originally numbered A524. The B5056 started at Bowers Hall (where the TOTSO is now) and continued ahead through Youlgreave and Middleton to end on the A515 at Newhaven. Around 1970 the two numbers swapped south of Bowers Hall, so the A524 ran to Newhaven and the B5056 to Fenny Bentley. By 1976, however, the A524 had disappeared completely and so the B5056 was extended north to meet the A6. The current route of the B5056, therefore, is identical to the original 1922 route of the A524, whilst the original route of the B5056 is now unclassified.