B7 (Northern Ireland)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Via:||Crossgar, Ballynahinch, Rathfriland|
|Distance:||40.6 miles (65.3 km)|
|Meets:||B6, A7, A24, B2, A50, B10, A25, B8, A2|
|Old route now:||B6|
|Route outline (key)|
The B7 is a long B-road in County Down.
Originally the road started on the A22 in Killyleagh. However, this section of road has now been taken over by an extended B6 and so the B7 starts on the edge of town by turning west off that road (although it did used to run via the centre of Shrigley). The B7 heads west to Crossgar and a mini-roundabout on the A7. Confusingly the road ahead is not the B7; there is a very short multiplex to the right along the A7 and the B7 regains its number by taking the next left turn.
The B7 continues west across the hills via Listooder. At one point it diverts to the north to go round a hill, although its original route was the steeper, more direct route. Presently the road reaches Ballynahinch and a T-junction on the A24. There is then a multiplex south through town (which includes a one-way loop) as far as a small roundabout where the B7 turns right to regain its number (although some maps claim the road to be numbered B2).
The original line of the B7 turned left along Grove Road. This is now unclassified and so the B7 continues further along the B2 multiplex, which ends after open country is reached when that road TOTSOs right; it is now certain that this road is numbered B7. After a couple of miles a T-junction is met where the B7 TOTSOs left to reach Dromara. The next road to the left is the original B7 from Ballynahinch.
The road continues south across the fields and eventually crosses the A50. It crosses the River Bann at Ballyroney before reaching Rathfriland. The road climbs steeply via a TOTSO left on meeting the B10 and levels out just before reaching the A25; signs claim this section is a useless multiplex along the B10.
Originally the B7 ended here. However, it was soon extended beyond the village via a multiplex along the A25. This heads west and TOTSOs left on meeting the B3 before the B7 regains its number by turning left soon afterwards. The road continues southwest via Mayobridge, passing to the east of Newry.
|B7 (Northern Ireland)|