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Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Galston (NS496369)
To:  Sorn (NS545271)
Distance:  7.1 miles (11.4 km)
Meets:  A71, A719, B743
Former Number(s):  A71
Highway Authorities

East Ayrshire

Traditional Counties


Route outline (key)
B7037 Galston - Sorn

The B7037 is a rural route in east Ayrshire. It was originally unclassified but had gained its number by 1932.

Near the summit at Knowehead

The route starts on the A71 Galston northern bypass and heads into town along Titchfield Street, the original line of the A71. A mini roundabout provides access to the towns western end, and then the wide Titchfield Street passes through an area of 1960s/70s low rise flats, set in parkland with parking bays along the roadside. These soon give way to the older buildings of the town centre as the road narrows, and bears right onto Cross Street. A T-junction is then reached where the route meets the A719, and the two routes have a short multiplex eastwards along Bridge Street, crossing over the Burn Anne to traffic lights in the town centre. Here the A719 turns left whilst the B7037 regains its number by turning right onto Wallace Street, which is lined with shops and businesses. The street starts off narrow, but seems to widen a little, with room for parking bays, before it reaches a T junction, with the old tower of Barr Castle stood directly ahead. Here the B7037 TOTSOs left onto Station Road, although the old railway is long gone.

The route passes a few houses, but for the most part seems to run between small parks and modern housing estates which back onto the main road. A notable hump carries the road over the old railway bridge, and then there are houses on both sides of the road once more, as the B7037 now follows Cessnock Road out to the edge of town. The route continues to climb around the edge of some woodland, before zigzagging right then left to skirt the grounds of Cessnock Castle. A long straight carries it south west to the houses at Sornhill, although the road curves to avoid the summit of Sorn Hill to the west. A left hand bend turns the route back to its southeastward course across undulating farmland, with a scattering of houses and farms along the roadside. There are some long straights on this section, although hidden dips and blind crests are waiting to catch out the unwary. There are also some tricky kinks, and a couple of chicanes between thick hedges.

The route dips to cross the Killoch Burn, Mare Burn and Auchmannoch Burn, climbing back up each time over the ridges between these small streams. The routes summit of almost 200m is reached after the last, near Knowhead, before a final dip carries the route over the Blairkibboch Burn. The climb out of this final wee valley is slight, and the route follows a long straight almost due south into a block of forestry, before kinking left as it emerges from the trees. It then run along the edge of the plantation, before a final wiggle brings it to a T-junction on the B743 opposite an entrance to Sorn Castle in the valley of the River Ayr.

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