The A1169 follows a zigzag course through Harlow New Town.
The road starts in the Potter Street area of town, at traffic lights (a roundabout until the 2000s) on the main A414 and heads west along Southern Way. This is a typical New Town distributor, serving no property itself but passing between housing estates, with the occasional side street (some of which have roundabouts) providing access. The road is S2 with no proof it was ever planned to be D2.
Harlow - A1169 Third Avenue
The road reaches a roundabout on the edge of the town. The B1133 continues ahead whilst the A1169 turns right to head north along Katherine's Way, where the wide verge now suggests that only the southbound carriageway of a proposed D2 was built. The road soon reaches an unusually shaped roundabout (perhaps hinting at unbuilt plans) on Third Avenue; to the right this is numbered A1025 whilst the A1169 takes that road to the left. At the next roundabout it heads north once more, passing a business park on Elizabeth Way. After the next roundabout the road becomes semi-rural as it passes a sports ground and golf club, before it skirts the suburb of Little Parndon. Now heading east, the road ends at a roundabout where the A1019 heads to the right whilst the other two directions are numbered A414.