|From:||Inghey Bridge (SD961517)|
|Distance:||3.7 miles (6 km)|
|Meets:||A59, A6131, A65|
|Former Number(s):||A59, A65, B6537|
|Route outline (key)|
The A6069 takes on the line of the former main road through the centre of Skipton before the building of the bypass.
It starts by Inghey Bridge on the A59 and heads east along what was the A59 alongside the railway line and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. It soon goes under the A629 western bypass without a junction, then passes the railway station before crossing the canal in the centre of town.
The A6069 crosses the A6131 at the southern end of the High Street. This marks the original northern end of the A629 and the point where the pre-bypass A59 turned to head north. The next section of road, Newmarket Street, is the short original section of the A6069 which was extended considerably in both directions after the bypasses were built.
Otley Street is soon reached. This is the original route of the A65 and so the A6069 now takes on that road's pre-bypass route. It follows the Skibeden Beck out of town, climbing as it does so, before ending on the current route of the A65 in Skibeden.
As noted above, the original 1922 lists indicate that Newmarket Street was the original route of the A6069. However, by 1938 it appears that it had swapped with the A65, and so ran along Otley Street, which looks to be the narrower and less traffic friendly of the two. Today, with the bypass, the A6069 has reverted to its original route along Newmarket Street.