From Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki
|From:||Boston Spa (SE409457)|
|Length:||34 miles (54.7 km)|
|Meets:||A1, A661, A59, A6065, A167, A19, A167|
|Former Number(s):||A1, A66, A167|
|Route outline (key)|
This road is now much extended (in 1922 its southern end was in Thirsk), as south of Dishforth it has taken over one of the old carriageways of the A1, and now runs parallel to the new A1(M) (the other carriageway has been torn up). This section carries very little traffic (most of it local), but is retained for motorway-prohibited traffic, and also allows for intermediate junctions. You will pass Boroughbridge and cross the River Ure (a favourite with crossword compilers) en route to Dishforth. From Dishforth to Thirsk is fast dual-carriageway, and by-passes Topcliffe where once it passed through. The A167 splits off here. A B road splits off to Thirsk town centre as you carry on to the concrete-surfaced by-pass. South of Thirsk it merges into the A19 (which has a TOTSO junction here), only to leave again north of the town (a classic "cannon" off the A19) while the A19 carries on up to Teesside. The A168 then meanders to Northallerton as a non-primary road, where, almost with a sigh of relief, it joins the A167 and ends.
Original Author(s): Chris Bertram