|To:||Crompton Fold (SD942102)|
|Distance:||3.5 miles (5.6 km)|
|Meets:||A6052, A672, A663|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6197 is a relatively rural B-road situated near Oldham in Greater Manchester, beginning in the small Saddleworth village of Delph and finishing in the much less rural area of Shaw, a small town within the borough of Oldham itself.
The road starts on the A6052 in Delph at a tricky looking junction where it can be difficult to pull out of. The road heads west, climbing steeply from the outset as the road needs to get out of the valley of the River Tame; the first section out of Delph is very cluttered with cars double parked up the steep incline. Quickly however the rows of houses disappear and soon we are in NSL territory (although reaching 60mph up this hill may be a bit difficult). Having left Delph behind some time ago the road eventually levels out and contours round the side of the hill for a few hundred yards before climbing again onto the top of the moors. The small village of Grains Bar, is reached and, with it, the A672; we are now out of Saddleworth and in Oldham itself.
The B6197 crosses the A672 at a staggered crossroads. It then remains flat for a short distance before bending to the left and starting to descend; the views ahead stretch for miles; Cheshire, North Wales and Merseyside can all be seen from here. This first section after crossing the A672 is also extremely rural with almost no houses to speak of and just a country pub, however a 30mph speed limit was applied for this whole stretch some time ago. This is also the section where conditions in Winter may make this road impassable at around 340m asl. The descent is more winding - and more built-up - than the climb and the village of Crompton Fold is soon reached. After levelling out the road ends at a T-junction on the A663.
It's worth noting before 1974 the road covered two counties; Lancashire (Shaw, Oldham and Grains Bar) and Yorkshire (Delph, Saddleworth). Post 1974 all areas lie within Greater Manchester.