|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Kelso (SE) (NT745317)|
|Distance:||7.3 miles (11.7 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6396 is a secondary road which crosses the Anglo-Scottish border. It is a shorter route than the B6352, which it meets at both ends, and indeed is signed for through traffic. The road was originally unclassified but gained its number in the mid-1920s.
The route turns off the B6352 at Proctors Smithy, a couple of miles southeast of Kelso, and heads east, then northeast, signed Wooler. We climb along a reasonably straight road across open fields, passing no more than the occasional building. After bearing right to avoid the top of a hill the road starts to descend more steeply and soon crosses a small valley.
After skirting a small wood the road briefly becomes the boundary between Scotland and England, then we enter the latter. We go over a ridge, then descend steeply once more to reach the valley of the Bowmont Water. Here the B6396 ends with traffic continuing on to the eastward B6352, which comes in from the right at a crossroads.