|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||West Calder (NT018632)|
|To:||Wester Woodside (NS961735)|
|Distance:||7.7 miles (12.4 km)|
|Meets:||A71, B7015, A705, A7066, A89, B8047, A706|
|Route outline (key)|
The B792 provides a North-South link between a number of semi-rural communities in Western West Lothian linking them to the still important town of Bathgate. The road was originally unclassified but presumably dates to the mid-1920s - the number is the first new Class II road in the 7-zone following the original 1922 classification.
West Calder to Blackburn
The B792 begins in the centre of West Calder at a staggered junction with the A71 and the B7008. Heading North out of West Calder we pass the associated hamlet of Mossend. After leaving Mossend the road becomes NSL and we pass through a double bend consisting of 90-degree turns and then head past the Historic Monument of the Five Sisters, a shale bing that provides a reminder of West Lothian as the birthplace of the Victorian Shale Oil industry. Also on the right is the Five Sisters nature reserve. After a short drive the speed limit drops to 30mph as we pass the southern flank of the communities of Addiewell and Loganlea. Leaving Addiewell we go back to NSL and pass over a relatively modern bridge over the Breich Water. Following a few sharp bends we reach a NSL traffic-light-controlled staggered junction with the B7015, where our road has priority.
On the far side of the lights there are plenty more bends as we head North until the limit drops back to 30mph as we enter the town of Blackburn, home town of Susan Boyle. After another traffic-light-controlled staggered crossroads, where we cross the A705, we go out of the traditional town centre and through a 1960s housing and shopping arcade.
Blackburn to Bathgate
As we approach the outskirts of Blackburn the limit rises to 40mph and a bridge takes us over the M8 motorway. Past the motorway we pass industrial and commercial premises. A roundabout takes us to the junction with the Westbound carriageway of the A7066, once part of the historic A8 link between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Heading under the road another roundabout links us to the Eastbound carriageway.
Entering Bathgate proper we pass recently built housing forming part of the Easter Inch housing estate, built on the site of the former British Leyland plant. After another roundabout we pass the Tesco superstore and approach the Town Centre, crossing over the railway line, where the speed limit drops back to 30mph.
Bathgate to Torphichen
Now we reach a crossroads where we take a right turn at a TOTSO before a left turn at another TOTSO. A series of humps and build outs take us through another residential area and brings us to a large roundabout. Now approaching the outskirts of Bathgate the limit rises to 40mph and housing becomes more and more sparse until we reach the end of Bathgate where we are back to NSL. The road now rises up into the Bathgate Hills providing excellent views of the rolling countryside.
A 40mph limit presages the approach to the conservation village of Torphichan and now the road heads steeply downhill into the village proper, where the limit drops first to 30 and then to 20 as it passes the end of the B8047, after which a series of humps takes us through the centre of the village. There's a short 30mph section and we are back to NSL as we leave the village. The road now heads downhill towards its end where it forms a challenging junction with the A706.