|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||7.6 miles (12.2 km)|
|Meets:||A617, B6407, A632, B6418, A616, A618|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6417 is a semi-rural road in northeast Derbyshire. It was originally the southern end of the A618 but gained its present number after the adjacent M1 was built in the late 1960s, being renumbered in 1971.
The road starts at a large roundabout on the A617 D2 Pleasley Bypass. Before the bypass was built, it started at a simple fork junction. The route follows a curved alignment (built at the same time as the Pleasley Bypass) and into the former mining village of New Houghton. The road has been traffic-calmed in recent years, in order to keep traffic down to the customary 30 limit through the village. Once out of the village, the road becomes NSL, before dropping downhill to a very tight double bend at the hamlet of Stony Houghton.
The road then straightens out for a couple of miles, passing through Scarcliffe (and a 40 limit). North of Scarcliffe, the road attains a 50mph limit (with plenty of rumble strips to test the vehicle's suspension all the way to Clowne!). This limit drops to 40 for a staggered crossroads with the A632. Originally, the B6417 had right of way here, with the staggered A632 having to stop, which gave clues to the B6417's previous glory. Now there is a set of traffic lights, and beyond the road returns to NSL for the remainder of the run to Clowne.
Just before Clowne, there is a short section of 40mph limit, before we drop to 30 through the outskirts of Clowne. In the village centre itself, the road has was remodelled recently to allow for a new Tesco supermarket and various other shops. These are accessed from a new roundabout, with a mini-roundabout taking the road left and over the former Great Central Railway. Indeed, just off the main road here were two railway stations serving the village, the second belonging to the Midland Railway.
Approximately a quarter of a mile outside Clowne village centre, the B6417 terminates at a crossroads. Straight on is the A618 to Rotherham, left and right turns take you onto the A616 for the M1 and Newark respectively.