|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Holden Vale (SD786242)|
|Distance:||6 miles (9.7 km)|
|Meets:||A679, B6130, B6234, B6231, A680|
|Route outline (key)|
The road currently begins on the A679 at Bank Lane in east Blackburn and almost immediately reaches a Give Way sign where it crosses the B6130 – always historically the busier route and an unusual example of a B-road taking priority through a junction with an A-road. A brief section through a dip takes the road over Knuzden Brook before the B6234 springs off left towards Oswaldtwistle (locally pronounced "Ozzel-twiss-el"; do not call it "Oswald Twistle" unless you want to be earmarked as an out-of-towner). At this point, the road originally became subject to the National Speed Limit – redundant sign poles give the game away – but it is now 30 mph through the bends until a 40 mph speed limit commences and continues all the way to the formerly notorious Britannia Crossroads with the B6231. In 2008, this junction was finally upgraded to a roundabout after much local campaigning sparked by a collision between a hatchback and a school bus.
From here, the limit becomes 50 mph across the moors. This is a lovely sweeping road with some good overtaking straights but also a series of deceptively tight corners in places. On the right as the road rises and dips through t,he moorland above Oswaldtwistle, is a new wind farm completed in 2012. A particularly nasty junction with an unclassified road follows before the road descends into Rossendale. The limit reduces to 40 mph as the road enters Haslingden, with a further drop to 30 mph as it crosses the A56.
The journey ends at a strange half-gyratory junction with the A680, a road which arguably should also be the B6236 given its local nature.