|Location Map ( geo)|
|Via:||West Thirston, Togston|
|Distance:||11.7 miles (18.8 km)|
|Meets:||A697, B1330, A1068|
|Former Number(s):||A1, A1068, B1337|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6345 is a cross-country B-road in east Northumberland.
The road starts on the A697 on the southern edge of Longframlington and heads east, soon becoming narrow. It runs across the fields before detouring to the north to cross the Swarland Burn then go through Old Swarland. It then heads southeast to go over the A1 with no junction and reach Felton. The road runs alongside the River Coquet and becomes S2 again for a short distance to reach a T-junction. This is the original line of the A1.
The road to the left is unclassified - but signposted towards the northbound A1. The B6345 TOTSOs right onto the pre-bypass A1 to go over the River Coquet. The bridge is 20th-century but a much older bridge is adjacent. Very old maps suggest that the B6345 turned off the A1 immediately to the south of the river along what appears now to be little more than a footpath but the current route of the B6345 continues on up a hill before having to TOTSO left to double-back on itself. The pre-bypass A1 ahead is unclassified. At one time the junction here was sharper and the original line of the B6345 at the junction is still obvious. At least the road here is S2.
The road heads through West and East Thirston and zigzags across the fields to reach the East Coast Main Line. It passes the driveway leading to the rarely used (but still open) Acklington station before crossing a bridge over the line. The road then goes through the long - but not particularly large - village of Acklington, where the road is subject to traffic calming despite being in sight of open fields. The next village is Togston and the road reaches a T-junction here.
This junction marks the original eastern end of the B6345 on the B1337 (soon upgraded to become part of the A1068). However, that road now bypasses here, so the road to the right is now the B1330 and the B6345 TOTSOs left. It goes through North Togston before crossing a few fields to reach Amble. It ends at a T-junction on the current route of the A1068 on the edge of the town centre.