|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||9.3 miles (15 km)|
|Meets:||A6, A623, A6187|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6049 is a cross-country B-road in the central Peak District.
It starts on the A6 to the south of Blackwell and heads north through the village. The road then reaches a narrow valley, Blackwell Dale, and descends until the valley joins the larger valley of the River Wye. The B6049 bends to lessen the gradient but soon crosses the River Wye and enters the village of Miller's Dale where it goes under twin viaducts, which used to carry the Midland Railway line from London to Manchester, this section of which has been converted into a footpath called the Monsal Trail.
The road continues downstream along the Wye valley for about a mile in total (although spends little time actually at the bottom of the valley). It then turns into Tideswell Dale and climbs this to reach Tideswell itself. The roads of Tideswell are narrow and the B6049 bends sharply to the right in the village centre just before passing the church.
The road entered Tideswell in a valley but leaves onto moorland. The A623 is soon met at Lane Head and the B6049 crosses at a staggered crossroads. There is then a mile or so of dead-straight road, passing between Little and Great Hucklow, before the road bends to the left to avoid Bleak Knoll dead ahead. After bending right and left in quick succession the road begins to descend again and soon reaches Bradwell Dale. Again the road follows the valley reaching the village it is named after before the valley opens out.
The road passes through the village of Bradwell. After passing the church the road narrows and flow is controlled by traffic lights. This narrow section is not that long (although a stream is crossed en route) but the traffic lights also control two side streets so the wait may be longer than expected. After crossing a few fields the scattered village of Brough is reached. Here the B6049 crosses the stream again, shortly followed by the River Noe, before ending at traffic lights on the A6187 (former A625).