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Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Cuminestown (NJ797506)
To:  Woods of Byth (NJ819559)
Via:  New Byth
Distance:  4.7 miles (7.6 km)
Meets:  B9170, A98
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Route outline (key)
B9027 Cuminestown - Byth

The B9027 is a short B-road in north Aberdeenshire.

New Byth

The route starts on the B9170 (former A948) to the immediate northwest of Cuminestown. This junction is adjacent to a bridge over the Burn of Monquhitter (which the B9027 follows for most of its route). The route heads east along a dead-straight road, bypassing the village to the north before bending sharply left. The unclassified road coming in from the right here provides a short-cut to the eastern side of Cuminestown and the B9170 to the east. After crossing the Burn of Monquhitter there is a sharp right-hand bend at a crossroads (the left-hand arm of which is a private lane leading into the grounds of Auchry House) and the road runs parallel to the burn across the fields before zigzagging right then left to cross it and a tributary at Millfield. A mile or so further on is another sharp bend to the left at a T junction and a bridge over the Burn of Byth (another tributary) before the road enters New Byth.

There is a steady climb up the straight Bridge Street, past old stone houses interspersed with a few newer ones. The route then turns sharp right onto Main Street in front of the church, which is similarly lined with a mixture of old and new houses before it broadens out into the grassy square. Here the B9027 turns sharp left onto Banff Road and quickly leaves the village, which is only really a single street, by sweeping right once more. The route now follows a short straight across fields and past a cemetery, before a couple of bends turn it northwards. It ends shortly afterwards at a T-junction on the A98 on the edge of the grounds of Byth House. Along the route there are no less than five junctions which look like they should be TOTSOs, but each one gives priority to the B9027, forcing sharp turns.


The B9027 in 1922, supposedly routed past Auchry House

On the face of it, the B9027 still follows its original route from 1922, sharp turns and all. However, on closer examination of the MOT Map (left), it can be seen that the route is shown as routed along the driveway for Auchry House on he north side of the Burn of Monquhitter. This makes more sense in some respects, as it removes two of the nominal TOTSO junctions. However, looking at this route today, which still passes through the stone gate pillars at the western end, suggests that the map has a rare error, and that in fact the B9027 has not changed route. Unfortunately, there are no other pre-war maps available which identify the route accurately enough to confirm this either way.

The 1922 MOT Road List defines this route as: Cuminestown - Newbyth - Woodside

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