|To:||East Cowick (SE670215)|
|Distance:||9.1 miles (14.6 km)|
|Meets:||A19, A63, A645, A614|
|Former Number(s):||A614, A645|
|Route outline (key)|
The A1041 is a largely rural A-road in east Yorkshire.
The road starts on the A19 in Selby town centre, at a set of traffic lights directly opposite the Abbey. It heads south through town, soon crossing the railway line by the station and then descending to cross the Selby Canal. After passing the usual large houses and retail park on the edge of town the A63 bypass is reached, which is crossed at a roundabout.
Now in open country it becomes evident just how flat the terrain is round here. The road heads roughly southwards, with Drax power station just visible to the left. We pass along a dead-straight road for a couple of miles. En route we go under a former railway bridge, of which only the abutments remain, before eventually bending to the left on the outskirts of Camblesforth. We skirt the village centre and, on the far side, reach a roundabout where the A645 heads off to the left to serve Drax.
The A1041 is now the dominant number in a multiplex with the A645. We continue south and go over the railway line serving the power station before running through Carlton. We leave the village by passing between two ponds and then cross the River Aire. The current bridge is just upstream from the original (of which only the piers remain), which was served by Ferry Lane, which hints at an even earlier way to cross the river.
We soon enter the next village, Snaith, where we cross a level crossing on the rarely used Pontefract to Goole railway line adjacent to the station. We then pass through the narrow streets of the village centre and the multiplex ends at a mini-roundabout where the A645 turns right and we turn left onto the wider Beast Fair. After leaving Snaith we pass to the north of West Cowick before going through East Cowick. We end at a mini-roundabout on the A614 on the far side of the village.
This, the third incarnation of the A1041 number (although the second that actually appeared on the ground) dates back to 1935. The A614 was diverted away from Selby and the A1041 took over the part of that road between Selby and Snaith, where it ended on the A645, which was itself extended to East Cowick to meet the rerouted A614. After World War II the A1041 was extended over this new eastern end of the A645, presumably because it was a trunk road and the A645 was not. This gave the road its current route, which it retains although the A645 has been extended again.