|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||11.5 miles (18.5 km)|
|Meets:||A710, A711, A75, A712|
|Former Number(s):||B793, A710|
|Route outline (key)|
The B794 is a cross-country B-road in east Kirkcudbrightshire.
The road starts at a crossroads on the A711 to the west of Dalbeattie town centre; the road opposite is the A710. We head north along Haugh Road through the suburbs and it isn't long before we reach open country. The road follows the valley of the Urr Water upstream, with the river on the left and the hills to the right. The road follows a straighter course than the river meaning the road does go up and down more than expected.
Presently we reach Haugh of Urr where we turn sharply left to run along the village's main street and then cross the military road along the south coast - the forerunner to today's A75. After a brief stretch across the fields we come across the A75 itself and turn left for a short multiplex through a cutting (shortening the road's old route which is just visible to the east on aerial photographs). The B794 quickly turns right to regain its number.
We continue upstream along the valley, which becomes narrower and more winding as we continue. There's only one settlement of any size on this section, Old Bridge of Urr, which we meet soon after leaving the A75. We pass a few more scattered buildings as we wind into the hills and it isn't long before the road ends at a T-junction on the A712 on the opposite side of the water to Corsock.
Judging by its number the B794 came into existence in the mid-1920s; however, it originally only ran between the A75 and A712. The road south of the A75, also unclassified in 1922, was the northern end of the A710 (although that road followed Maxwell Street in Dalbeattie - the southern end of Haugh Road was the B793).
The B794 was extended south into Dalbeattie in the 1960s, taking over the A710 into town. Later on the road was rerouted away from Maxwell Street, which was declassified, and so took over the B793 Haugh Road.