|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Sutton in Ashfield (SK488587)|
|Distance:||4.2 miles (6.8 km)|
|Meets:||B6025, B6406, B6027, B6023|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6026 is a link road across the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border.
Our journey starts at a simple T-junction with the B6025 at the southern edge of Tibshelf village. We continue southeast and, before very long, we leave the village and pass under a railway bridge, now carrying a footpath linking Tibshelf with Teversal, Skegby and Pleasley via the old trackbeds. As soon as we pass under the bridge, we arrive in our next village, Newton. Twisting through Newton, we leave via what could be described as a TOTSO, except it is less noticeable due to a mini roundabout at the junction. Our way ahead is a unclassified road to Blackwell and on to Alfreton; however we turn left here.
It is less than a minute's drive before we find ourselves at another settlement, the hamlet of Church Hill. The road makes a sharp left at a junction, and we are now heading 90 degrees from our original heading, and towards Sutton in Ashfield. We cross the M1 at a simple flyover, and almost immediately encounter a side turning for the B6406, which is a short cut towards the A38. After a short section of open countryside proper for the first time on our journey we enter Nottinghamshire. The road makes some tight turns down a hill, and into Huthwaite. Although a village in its own right, Huthwaite feels like a suburb of Sutton nowadays, but the old village centre becomes more apparent on our left as we pass a crossroads with the B6027 on our right, and the smaller left turn taking us to the market square.
We plough on with our journey, with the scenery becoming rather suburban, and the road enjoys a wide, 40mph section. As we enter Sutton in Ashfield, the road remains fairly wide, but regains its more sedate 30mph limit. It is only a matter of a half a mile before we reach the end of the route, at a large roundabout with the B6023, formerly the main A615 route into Mansfield. The roundabout itself is rather odd, being more of an oval, and with priorities slightly different to norm - we have to give way twice to reach the westbound exit. There's even a parking lay-by on the inside of the roundabout!