|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||7.8 miles (12.6 km)|
|Meets:||A72, A73, A721, A706|
|Route outline (key)|
The B7056 is a secondary road in central Lanarkshire.
The road starts on the A72 in Crossford and heads east, quickly going over the River Clyde; this is a narrow (and rather long) bridge and we have priority over traffic coming the other way. After going over a burn we leave town and climb out of the valley via a couple of hairpin bends and then contour through a wood along the top of a valley, along a road prone to falling in; traffic lights are needed to control traffic flow.
After a few fields we cross the burn and enter Braidwood, climbing through the village to reach the A73. There's a left-right staggered crossroads (we go over the West Coast Main Line at the same time) after which the road heads northeast across the fields. Carluke is to the left and shortly we skirt the suburb of Crawforddyke before reaching Roadmeetings and the A721. This time there's a right-left staggered crossroads.
We continue northeastwards into Yieldshields, after which the road starts to become more winding. The road runs vaguely eastwards, with numerous bends, as it crosses undulating fields. We even lose the central white line. After a sharp right-hand bend the road straightens out again. There's a zigzag at Westertown after which the road ends at a crossroads on the A706.
The B7056 was unclassified in 1922 but had gained its number by 1932. However, at that time it only consisted of the section east of the A754 (present A721). The section between the A72 and the A73 had been numbered B7039 for a couple of years before the B7056 came into existence, whilst the rest of the road was not classified until 1935. In that year it is assumed that the B7056 took on the whole of its present route. The 1939 Ten-Mile Road Map of Great Britain still marks the B7039 as existing in this area but this is assumed to be a mapping error as it also shows the present route of the B7039 near Selkirk.