This article is about the current use of the A687 in the Yorkshire Dales.
For the original route from Scotch Corner to Darlington, see A687 (Scotch Corner - Darlington)
Approaching the junction with the A683
just west of Cantsfield
The A687 is less than 5 miles long, but nonetheless forms an important traffic route between the A683 and the A65, and, in the bigger picture, a link between the M6 around Kendal to Skipton.
Starting at a sharp bend on the A683 near Cantsfield, the road heads east through the village before entering Yorkshire and the village of Burton in Lonsdale (which is actually in the valley of the River Greta, a tributary of the Lune). A mile or so later the road reaches a T-junction on the A65 to the west of Ingleton.
The A687 was originally classified as the western end of the B6255, but around 1926 it was upgraded to a Class I route, taking over a number vacated in 1924.