B536 Ligford Road: heading north-west at Ligfordrum
The B536, the highest-numbered road in Northern Ireland, winds across the hills in north County Tyrone. It was originally unclassified but gained its number towards the end of the 20th century.
The road starts on the B72 to the south of Strabane town centre and heads southeast along the residential Fountain Street, climbing gently out of the valley of the River Mourne. Even when still in Strabane there's a steep grassy bank to the left and when the road finally reaches open country it finds itself halfway up the valley side, with a cliff on both sides. The terrain soon levels out and we cross the River Cavanlee before climbing into the hills.
After running along the top of a ridge a few bends take us onto another climb. The road presently levels out and runs across the moor, with a wood and communications mast on the left. We then start to descend into the valley on the right. After returning to farmland a couple of sharp bends take us across a stream in the valley bottom. We climb through a wood then follow a straight road across fields and moorland.
Presently there's another steep descent, including a detour left to cross a stream, before the road regains its straight alignment on the far side of the valley. After going over a ridge the road reaches Plumbridge. We enter town along Ligford Road to end where the B48 comes in from the left and TOTSOs, taking on the road ahead into the village centre.