|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Ollerton (S) (SK645661)|
|Distance:||8.4 miles (13.5 km)|
|Meets:||A60, A6191, B6033, A6117, B6034, A614|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6030 is a semi-urban road running east of Mansfield.
Starting from a junction with the A60 to the south of Mansfield town centre, the B6030 winds its way northeastwards through the affluent suburb of Berry Hill, before reaching a crossroads with the former A617, now the A6191. Carrying on in the suburbs, we next reach the B6033 at a triangular junction, with our road taking priority on one side of the triangle. The houses become less tightly packed, and we enter Forest Town at a large junction with the A6117, which forms a rudimentary bypass on Mansfield to the east side of town.
We pass through Forest Town on a very straight road. It seems like there ought to be a 40 limit along here, but alas it is only 30, and this has caught many people out here. Following a bend to the right, we leave Forest Town and enter Clipstone, with houses to our left. There is a fairly new roundabout here, serving Crown Farm Industrial Estate, built on the old colliery of the same name. Shortly afterwards, we enter the village itself. Officially called New Clipstone, not to be confused with the old village further on, it is a former mining town still coming to terms with the loss of the industry at the turn of the century. We pass by the site of the Cliptone Pit, nothing really remaining above ground apart from the huge, Grade II listed headstocks, which are the tallest in Europe. These headstocks have split opinions as to whether they should be preserved or not.
We leave New Clipstone behind, and cross another roundabout, that leads to a new development of executive housing, before dropping down a hill into the original Clipstone - King's Clipstone. This old village still retains a lot of its character, including its narrow main road. Before leaving this village, we reach a set of traffic lights, installed to protect traffic emerging from the (very) minor roads from fast traffic passing under the adjacent railway bridge.
Now we are in true open countryside for the first time on this road, passing by arable fields and a mixture of old woodland and new plantations. Sherwood Pines park is on the right, offering walks, cycle tracks, and occasional open air concerts. About two miles away from King's Clipstone, we reach a junction with the B6034, controlled by traffic lights. Turn left here for Edwinstowe, and turn right for a short cut to the A614 southbound to Nottingham. We carry on though, but only for just under a mile, as the B6030 itself reaches the A614, at a simple T-junction. It fails, by only a matter of three-quarters of a mile, to reach Ollerton, but the A614 gets us there quickly and efficiently.
Before 1930 this route was the B6031 but the road then became an extension of the A611. Following a large-scale renumbering of roads in the Mansfield area in the early 1970s our road was downgraded to Class II status again; its original number had already been reused elsewhere so it became the B6030.