The road starts at the A38/A610 junction on the edge of town and heads southeast. Initially we follow a new section of road, built to connect to the roundabout we have just left, but presently we join the old line of the A610; the exact spot is not obvious as the old road was destroyed when a housing estate was built on top of it but it is somewhere around where we leave the cutting.
We now climb along a residential road, with the B6374 soon coming in from the right, after which we reach the town centre. Here there's a one-way loop and so we head east along Church Street to meet the B6179 then bear right into Nottingham Road. The B6441 continues ahead along Nottingham Road whilst the one-way loop continues west into Grosvenor Road then turns right at traffic lights to skirt the Market Place to rejoin eastbound traffic. The B6179 of course shares in the one-way loop and signs give the entire loop that number, although maps aren't too sure.
Through traffic continues east along Nottingham Road and soon goes over a former railway line; Ripley station lay to the right but this no longer exists. The road remains residential to the far end and ends at a roundabout back on the A610.