From Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki
|Length:||48.1 miles (77.4 km)|
|Meets:||A170, A165, B1447, B1416, A174, B1460, A169, A173, A66|
|Now part of:||A170, B1460|
|Middlesbrough • Scarborough • Teesside • Whitby •|
|Route outline (key)|
This route appears to have altered little over the years. It begins at a traffic-light controlled junction with the A170 in the Falsgrave area of Scarborough, before setting out towards Burniston where it meets the terminus of the A165 at a mini roundabout. After the next village, Cloughton, we travel up a long hill that has been given a much-welcomed crawler lane.
The subsequent 15 miles or so are across the extremely scenic North York Moors National Park. The road is twisty in parts, but there are only a couple of tight bends that require more than a tap on the brakes. There are also a couple of signed 15% gradients, but these are quite short - indeed, one only appeared to be about 40 yards long!
We pass the turning for the spectacular Robin Hoods Bay with the B1447, then pass through High Hawkser past the B1416 and descend down into Whitby. The A171 used to travel along the eastern bank of the River Esk before turning left 90 degrees and crossing the river on a single-lane swing bridge (now with a 17 ton weight restriction and light-controlled). It skirted the town centre and left Whitby on what is now the B1460.
Since 1980 it, however, crosses the Esk on a concrete girder bridge higher up the valley, from which you get a great view of the harbour, before taking part of the previous alignment - around the first three miles or so - of the A169. It meets its former routing near Newholm.
Now leaving Whitby, it passes the A169 at a roundabout and carries on westwards through the northern part of the North York Moors, a very busy route carrying holiday traffic from Teeside. Its rolling terrain until just after Scaling Dam where you start to descend onto flatter ground at Aysdale. We join the A173 and multiplex along the Guisborough bypass, and thence via a sharp right turn into the suburbs of Middlesbrough. Similar to the A172 which it in fact parallels, it becomes a road then a street and finally terminates at Teesport on the A66.
Original Author(s): Andy [Coasterjunkie] & Lonewolf