|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||4.9 miles (7.9 km)|
|Meets:||B6004, A611, B6011, A60|
|Old route now:||A611|
|Route outline (key)|
The B683 is a largely rural B-road to the north of Nottingham.
The road starts at a mini-roundabout with the A611 in quite a busy area around the Moor Bridge in Bulwell. This takes the A611 over the Robin Hood Railway line and Nottingham NET, which we will shadow loosely on our first part of the journey. The road starts off very wide, even though it is squeezed between the railway and Bestwood Country Park, but this wideness doesn't last. Upon entering Bestwood village, the road narrows, and speed cushions appear. These cushions slow traffic down to a maximum of 20mph through the entire village.
Thankfully we leave the humps behind as we leave the village, and enjoy a 60mph country road. Halfway to Papplewick we cross an old mineral railway, and at this point we are effectively bypassing Hucknall to our west. The limit soon drops to 40, then 30, and we pass a side road to Hucknall as we enter Papplewick village. At the centre of this picturesque village we must stop at a staggered crossroads with the B6011, where we carry on (kind of) straight on.
The road is narrow here, and we make many 90-degree turns before finding ourselves leaving the village. We are now on the Blidworth Waye, and passing through woods before reaching the village of Ravensdale. It doesn't feel particularly urban here, owing to the large houses set back in large wooded gardens. There are many of these houses, both old and new, as we round the corner to meet the A60, where our road ends.
There is a rogue section of the B683, a legacy of the history mentioned above. This is a small section of the B683 in existence near the City Hospital. It forms a link between the A611 and the B6004 along Heathfield Road (about 0.3 miles). It is shown on many maps, including the Nottingham "A-Z", but is not signed on the ground.