|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Oxenford Castle (NT384654)|
|Distance:||14.4 miles (23.2 km)|
|Meets:||A766, A701, B7026, A6094, A7, B704, A68|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6372 is an L-shaped road in Midlothian. The road was originally unclassified but had gained Class II status by 1932. However, at this time the B704 was the number of the road from Penicuik to Gorebridge, with the B6372 only consisting of the remainder. Our road was extended to its present length in 1935.
The road starts on the A766 Carlops Road to the west of Penicuik and heads southeast along Bog Road. Initially it passes playing fields but it soon becomes residential, after which it bears round to the left to follow West Street into the town centre. It reaches the A701 at a T-junction by the Belgian consulate, after which there's a short multiplex to the right.
Just after a bridge over the River North Esk the B6372 regains its number by turning left along a road signed as unsuitable for HGVs. The reason for the sign is quickly apparent as the road winds out of the valley, climbing steeply. It soon levels out and becomes straight and then presently reaches the B7026, which is crossed at a staggered crossroads. We now continue through a wood to cross the A6094; the road is now unsuitable for wide vehicles.
The road remains largely straight for another mile or so before a couple of bends start it descending to cross a couple of streams. It then runs alongside a wood before bearing sharply left; it now heads more-or-less northeastwards for the remainder of its journey. Except for a quick detour to cross a small valley the road is straight for the next couple of miles but then we reach the edge of the village of Temple. We do not enter the village proper but wind along the side of a wooded valley and then zigzag sharply right-left to cross the River South Esk before climbing out gradually.
After levelling out the road reenters open country and straightens out again, soon reaching a crossroads on the A7. On the far side we enter Gorebridge, where we descend Powdermill Brae to cross the Gore Water. On the far side the B6372 TOTSOs right (ahead is the B704). We go over the Borders Railway, with the station just to the left, and climb out of town up Lady Brae. On the edge of open country we give way to an unclassified road at a staggered crossroads and then continue on across the fields. After going through Newlandrig we pass Vogrie Country Park before continuing on to end on the A68 opposite the gates to Oxenfoord Castle.