|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||5.8 miles (9.3 km)|
|Meets:||A539, B5605, B5426, B5426, B5098|
|Old route now:||B5426|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5097 is a long-way-round B-road near Wrexham.
It starts to the east of Ruabon, at the point where the A539 TOTSOs to bypass the village and meet the A483. Our road heads west along the pre-bypass A539 and quickly goes over a bridge over the A483 before reaching the village centre and the B5605 (pre-bypass A483).
The B5097 crosses the B5605 at a staggered crossroads and heads northwest along a road liberally scattered with traffic calming. It narrows to cross a bridge over the Shrewsbury to Chester railway line and then remains S1 until crossing a stream, the Eitha. The road crosses Offa's Dyke and leaves town.
Continuing upstream along the Eitha, the road soon reaches a T-junction where it TOTSOs right, before having to TOTSO right again at the next turn. It crosses the Eitha again before going through the village of Afon Eitha and reaching Rhosllanerchrugog.
The B5097 reaches a mini-roundabout in the centre of Rhosllanerchrugog where it meets a spur of the B5426. It turns left and goes along the narrow Market Street before turning right into High Street to reach another mini-roundabout. Except it doesn't. Market Street is one-way northbound and High Street one-way southbound so, even though this is the mapped route of the B5097 it is impossible to drive this way. According to signs, northbound traffic continues on from Market Street then TOTSOs right at a T-junction to reach the mini-roundabout on the High Street. Southbound traffic turns left at this roundabout to follow a parallel route along Broad Street and Queen Street as far as the B5426 to the east of the Market Street junction.
Continuing north the B5097 goes along the remainder of the High Street before descending Vinegar Hill to Talwrn, where the mainline of the B5426 is met. The B5097 is the dominant partner in a short multiplex to a T-junction where the two roads split at a TOTSO, the B5097 going right.
However, originally the B5097 started on the A540 (now B5605) in Johnstown. It headed west to Rhosllanerchrugog before heading north via Talwrn as it does now. In 1935 the road was extended south of Rhosllanerchrugog to Ruabon to end on the A483. The vacated section east of Rhosllanerchrugog was renumbered as part of the B5426.