|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Spion Cop (SK555658)|
|Distance:||5.4 miles (8.7 km)|
|Meets:||A617, B6417, B6031, A60|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6407 is a U-shaped road in the East Midlands. It was originally unclassified but had gained its number by 1932.
The route starts at a large roundabout with the A617 at Pleasley. Before Pleasley was bypassed it originally stated in the centre of the village, but this section has now been cut off by the newer road. The route passes through woods, with a side turning for Pleasley Vale and mills (reputed to be very haunted).
The next section passes through open countryside on the way to Shirebrook. The road was straightened and widened here in the early 2000s as part of the regeneration of the Shirebrook Colliery site, the old road being too twisty for heavy goods vehicles. We then cross a roundabout, built at the same time as the widening works, and head into the outskirts of Shirebrook. Here we TOTSO with a minor road at a staggered crossroads, and turn right, heading into the town.
We drive along Main Street for almost a mile, before becoming King Edward Street in the centre of town; the main shopping area and square is on our left. Passing a 1960s housing estate on our left, we come to a stop at the top of a hill, at another TOTSO. A left turn takes us back into the town centre, but we turn right here, towards the railway station and the edge of town. Passing over the railway, the road bends to the right and a short distance later we reach yet another TOTSO. This time we turn right at a triangular-shaped junction; ahead of us is the B6031 to Warsop. The road has now left Derbyshire and entered Nottinghamshire, where we will remain for the remainder of the journey.
The road is now considerably narrower and twistier, skirting around old field boundaries and old mining works. On a series of bends is the hamlet of Sookholme. Beyond Sookholme we drive on a straighter road and pass a new Sports Training Centre on our left before ending our journey on the A60 just to the south of Spion Cop.