|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||1.6 miles (2.6 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6406 is a short a short but fairly important road in north Derbyshire, linking the industrial estates of western Huthwaite to the motorway network via the A38. It was originally unclassified but gained its number in the late 1920s.
The junction with the A38 is a dumbbell junction, with a short section of dual carriageway on the overbridge. This junction was originally an "at-grade" roundabout with the A38 but was upgraded to improve access to the East Midlands Designer Outlet, which is on the opposite side of the junction.
The B6406 runs downhill from the junction, on a well made alignment through industrial parks. At the bottom of the hill we enter the village of Hilcote. The road here has numerous speed ramps, in order to discourage heavy vehicles from rat-running the village.
We leave Hilcote behind, and immediately encounter a sweeping bend, first right, then left, then right - we actually finish up in the same direction to where we began! This is because, on closer inspection, the road originally ran straight but that bit of road is a dead end, ending at where the Great Central Railway ran until the Beeching cuts closed it. The diversion ran to a bridge under the railway line replacing the old level crossing; it seems the B6406 always went this way.
From here it is a short distance before we reach the end of our journey, at a simple T-junction with the B6026.