|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Biggleswade By Pass (TL183451)|
|Distance:||5.9 miles (9.5 km)|
|Meets:||A600, A1, A6001|
|Route outline (key)|
The B658 is a rural B-road in eastern Bedfordshire.
It originally started on the A600 to the north of Shefford town centre. However, the A600 now bypasses the town and so the B658 has been extended west along the pre-bypass road to reach the new road. It therefore starts at a roundabout near Chicksands and heads east along the old route of the A600 into Shefford where it turns left at a mini-roundabout at its original western end. It continues east and soon leaves town.
The road heads across the fields and soon reaches the village of Stanford. A short distance further on it reaches a crossroads. Originally the road turned right here to go through Broom, then it crossed the River Ivel at Holme before ending on the A6001 (now B659). In 1935, the road was given a spur. As well as the route through Broom it was extended north via Upper Caldecote to reach the A1 at Sandy.
The road retained its three-pointed route until at least the 1990s. Both eastern ends were then declassified and a third route, between the two, brought into existence. The road now passes (but does not go through) Broom before reaching a roundabout to the south of Upper Caldecote. It turns right here and heads east for about a mile before ending at a roundabout on the A1 and A6001 on the western edge of Biggleswade.