B64 (Northern Ireland)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Newtown Crommelin (D148160)|
|Via:||Garvagh, Kilrea, Rasharkin|
|Distance:||34 miles (54.7 km)|
|Meets:||A6, B190, A29, B70, B75, A54, B96, B62, B93, A26, B94, A43|
|Old route now:||B93, B94|
|Route outline (key)|
The B64 is a long B-road in north Northern Ireland.
The road starts on the A6 Main Street in Dungiven and heads north out of town, initially parallel to the B68, which it never meets. The two roads then diverge and the B64 heads northeastwards along the edge of the Sperrin Mountains and then climbs to cross them, although the road never gets too steep.
The road soon reaches the valley of the Agivey River and follows it downstream to a T-junction on the A29 to the south of Garvagh. There is a short multiplex north into the centre of the village and the B64 regains its number at a traffic-light-controlled crossroads. The other road here is the B70 and this point marks the start of a lengthy multiplex (with the B64 dominant).
The B64 runs to the east out of Garvagh, crossing the Agivey River one last time as it does so. It continues across the fields to Kilrea, where the A54 (former B65) is crossed at a roundabout. The road then crosses the River Bann and finally (after over seven miles) the B70 turns off to the left, ending the multiplex.
The B64 soon reaches Rasharkin. The original line of the road continues past the village to reach the B62 then doubled-back, multiplexing along that road into the village centre, where it regained its number. This original line (the road ahead) is now a spur of the B64 and the mainline TOTSOs left to cut the corner off and cross the B62 in the centre of Rasharkin. A few miles further on a T-junction is reached and the B62 TOTSOs right. The dominant number here is now the B93 but that road did not exist on first classification and so the B64 ran straight through.
The B64 regains its number in the centre of Glarryford and heads east. It crosses the Belfast to Derry railway line at a level crossing by the closed (but still extant) Glarryford station. A short distance further on the dual-carriageway A26 is reached, which is crossed by a staggered crossroads.
A couple of miles later the B64 reaches Clogh, where it has to give way to the B94. The original route of the B64 turned right here to cross the Clogh River and end on the B61 (now A43) at Rathkenny. However, with the inauguration of the B94 in the mid-1920s that road took over the final couple of miles of B64 which was extended ahead along a previously unclassified road. The present route of the B64, therefore, continues east into Newtown Crommelin. It runs through the village then TOTSOs right just before reaching open country, to double back on itself. It runs along Craigdunloof Road and ends at a T-junction on the A43.
|B64 (Northern Ireland)|