|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Long Duckmanton (SK450712)|
|Distance:||4.4 miles (7.1 km)|
|Meets:||A632, A6192, B6419, B6417, A616|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6418 is a largely rural road in northeast Derbyshire. Originally unclassified, it had gained its number by 1932.
The road starts at a roundabout with the A632 close to Long Duckmanton. The roundabout has gained importance with the arrival of the A6192, a new road linking the M1 at junction 29A, and Staveley. Our road passes through an industrial landscape, with the Coalite Works on our left, and old mining land to our right. Soon though, we drive past farmland, and the village of Shuttlewood appears in front of us. Shuttlewood nestles around a (now staggered) crossroads at the centre of the village, the other road being the B6419.
We head back out into the countryside and the road is nearly perfectly straight, barring a small "dog leg" at the hamlet of Stanfree, until we reach the outskirts of Clowne. Here the road curves round to the right, and enters a 30 mph zone. This part of the road ends at a T-junction with the B6417; to reach the rest of the road we must turn left and multiplex with the B6417 through the centre of Clowne.
The final part of our road starts at a new roundabout with the B6417. Previously there would have been a simple T-junction where we would have turned right. Owing to the new alignment of the B6417, we cross straight over the roundabout, and over a railway bridge, carrying the road over the old Great Central Railway. We pass some industrial units before finishing at a small crossroads with the A616.