|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||7.1 miles (11.4 km)|
|Meets:||A617, B6038, B6425, A6175, B6014|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6039 runs from Chesterfield into the Derbyshire countryside.
We start in Chesterfield, within spitting distance of the Crooked Spire and the railway station. The starting point is a west-facing GSJ with the A617 just to the east of the railway line. A ramp from the eastbound carriageway reaches a T-junction where we turn right to pass over the dual carriageway. Shortly afterwards, our road turns to the left, with a side road to the right leading to the slip road to the A617 westbound. This junction does not allow direct access to the eastbound A617; the movement is catered for by doing a U-turn at the A617/A60 roundabout just to the west.
The B6039 runs south east, now in Hasland, a suburb of Chesterfield, and on the original route of the A617 to Mansfield, the B6039 taking over the mantle since the A617 was dualled on a new alignment. In the centre of Hasland, the B6038 turns off to the right at a set of traffic lights, as we carry on in a southeasterly direction and out of Chesterfield. After passing through the hamlet of Corbriggs, we climb a hill and reach a T-junction, where we need to turn right. (The road to the left is the B6425 which, amongst other things, provides access to a diamond junction with the A617.)
We are still on the old alignment of the A617 Mansfield Road as we drop down a hill and into Temple Normanton. We TOTSO right at the far side of the village, at the point which was the original northern end of the B6039. Leaving the old Mansfield Road behind, we head in a southerly direction, and it is not long before we reach the next village, Holmewood, where we cross the A6175 (former B6037) at a large roundabout junction.
Carrying straight on, we now enter the most rural section of our route. About halfway along this stretch, we pass through the hamlet of Hardstoft, with its Herb Garden and shop. From here a road heads east to the National Trust's Hardwick Hall. Our final village, after another mile or so, is Tibshelf, where the road ends at a mini-roundabout junction with the B6014.