|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||5.7 miles (9.2 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5344 is a loop west off the A595 to serve the coastal village of Seascale. The road was originally unclassified but gained its number in the late 1920s.
The road starts on the A595 at what appears to be the southern end of the Gosforth bypass (although in reality the main road has never gone through the village) and heads southwest across the open fields. We go round a few bends as we cross the gently undulating terrain. It's not long before a road sign welcomes us to Seascale. A right turn takes traffic towards the Calder Hall/Sellafield energy complex, although the majority of traffic for there arrives from the other direction.
The road then becomes lined with modern houses as it follows Gosforth Road into the village centre. After passing an entrance to the station the road narrows as it goes round two sides of a water tower and zigzags under the railway line under a narrow, low bridge. The road then widens again to reach the sea and there's a sharp left-hand bend to follow the coast southwards.
We pass older buildings as we follow the coast but it's not long before we turn away. There's another narrow railway bridge - we go over the line this time - and then we reenter open country. We run parallel to the line, which is out of sight to the right, into Drigg. The road through the old village centre is traffic-calmed.
Now heading northeast we squeeze past the churchyard and come back in sight of open fields but the road remains lined with houses as we merge seamlessly into Holmrook. A final descent takes us back to the A595, where we end at a T-junction on the bank of the River Irt.