|To:||South Charlton (NU177204)|
|Distance:||30.1 miles (48.4 km)|
|Meets:||A696, B6342, B6344, A697, B6346, B6347, A1|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6341 is a long B-road in north Northumberland.
The road starts on the moors above Redesdale, on the A696 to the east of Otterburn, and heads east. It soon enters the Northumberland National Park before descending to the village of Elsdon, where it crosses a stream and turns northward.
The road climbs out of the valley and goes over the top of a hill, getting close to the edge of the Otterburn Training Area. The road then descends once more into the valley of the Grasslees Burn, which it follows downstream for a couple of miles into Coquetdale. The River Coquet is crossed and the road leaves the national park and then becomes a lot more built-up - but then it is in the flat land of the valley bottom. It goes through Hepple almost immediately before continuing downstream through Thropton into the town of Rothbury.
The B6341 goes along the main street in Rothbury, High Street then Front Street, before the B6342 turns off to the right. On the eastern edge of town the road starts to climb out of the valley. The B6344 heads off to the right, after which the road goes through a wood, passes by Cragside Estate (built by local industrialist Lord Armstrong and now owned by the National Trust) and the climb gets steeper. When the road reaches open country once again it is back on the moors.
The road continues across the moors, descending to cross the A697 before continuing ahead along another valley. It passes to the south of Edlingham before climbing steeply again and heading east across Alnwick Moor, which is not as bleak as some of the terrain we have crossed. Presently the road descends and reaches the town of Alnwick. The road enters town along Clayport Street then goes through the Market Place to reach the B6346, where that road has to TOTSO.
Originally the B6341 ended here on the pre-bypass route of the A1. Now, however, the B6341 turns left to go along a short multiplex north along the B6346, along the aptly named Narrowgate, to reach the castle. The B6346 TOTSOs here and so the B6341 regains its number by continuing ahead along the original line of the A1.
The road descends to cross a narrow bridge over the River Aln before climbing to a roundabout, from where an unclassified road heads east to the B1340 and A1. The B6341 continues north for a couple of miles before meeting the B6347. The road ends here (where that road has to TOTSO) immediately to the west of the A1.