B6374 (Galashiels - Melrose)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||4.5 miles (7.2 km)|
|Meets:||A7, B6452, B6360, B6394, B6394, B6361, B6359, A6091|
|Route outline (key)|
This version of the B6374 runs along the pre-bypass A6091, dating to the latter road's diversion away from the centres of Galashiels and Melrose. The number is therefore a duplicate as it was already in use in Derbyshire.
The road starts at a roundabout on the A7 on the eastern edge of Galashiels town centre and heads east up Station Brae, immediately going over the Borders Railway. The road levels out as we meet the B6452 coming in from the left and then we continue along the suburban Melrose Road. After going through the suburb of Langlee the road becomes more rural as it runs alongside the River Tweed (hidden behind trees on the right).
Presently the road bears sharply right on meeting the B6360 and crosses a narrow bridge over the Tweed, with flow controlled by traffic lights. A T-junction is then met where the B6360 regains its number and turns right whilst we TOTSO left. The through road here is briefly dual but has become single-carriageway again by the next road junction, where the B6394 turns off to the right. We then follow Waverley Road into Melrose, reaching the other end of the B6394 (which has taken a more built-up route to the south) on the near side of the town centre.
We now run along the High Street, which unexpectedly passes between sports pitches before reaching a one-way loop. Eastbound traffic is forced left onto Buccleuch Street (mapped as a spur of the B6361), then bears right onto the narrow Abbey Street to reach a roundabout with the market cross in the centre. Westbound traffic follows the third side of the triangle along the remainder of the High Street.
At the roundabout we meet the B6361 heading north and the B6359 heading south whilst our route continues east. We squeeze past the Ship Inn and then run below the retaining wall for the A6091 bypass. After passing the youth hostel the road ends at a T-junction on the A6091 in the shadow of the Eildon Hills.