|Distance:||21.7 miles (34.9 km)|
|Meets:||A186, A189, A191, A694, A68, A6079|
|Former Number(s):||A68, A6080, A69|
|Old route now:||A193, A186, B6317, B6395|
|Route outline (key)|
The A695 is often seen as a less congested route to Gateshead Metro Centre from Hexham and Corbridge, indeed Gateshead is signed on the A695, than the A69 and A1 and is an important road in the Tyne Valley. Improvements over the years have seen a D2 bypass of Blaydon town centre and S2 by passes of Ryton, Crawcrook and Prudhoe.
Newcastle - Hexham
The road starts in Newcastle upon Tyne city centre, in the labyrinth surrounding Central Station, with some maps claiming that the westbound Neville Street is the A186 whilst the eastbound Clayton Street West is the A695. Certainly the road runs down Marlborough to turn right under the Redheugh Bridge before bearing right again to a roundabout on the Scotswood Road, from where a spur (which takes virtually all the traffic) heads east to meet the A189 relief road.
The A695 heads west along the D2 Scotswood Road, which runs through the usual out-of-town retail. Presently an unusual GSJ is met. In the 12 o' direction is the A191 which provides access to the northbound A1, whilst the A695 bears left to cross the River Tyne at the Scotswood Bridge. On the far side, the A694 (which also leads to the A1) is met at a more standard GSJ. The A695 continues westwards to go under the A1 and run along the grade-separated Blaydon Highway before narrowing at a roundabout.
To the right is the B6317 which goes through Ryton but the A695 bypasses the town to the south. There are a couple of roundabouts with unclassified roads but the junction with the B6315 is a staggered crossroads. The Ryton bypass ends yards before the start of the Prudhoe bypass which runs to the north of town. This ends just before Mickley, which forms the first genuinely built-up area on the road. In the centre of the village is the turn for Cherryburn, birthplace of engraver Thomas Bewick and now owned by the National Trust.
Another rural section takes us to a sharp right-hand bend and not-so-sharp one to the left on the edge of Stocksfield. The road zigzags over the Tyne Valley Line then runs very close to the River Tyne for a short distance (it's not particularly visible as this area is wooded) and then reaches a roundabout on the A68. The railway line is crossed again and the road enters Riding Mill. On the next bend there's a dead-end residential road on the left which looks quite unimportant, except that is the original line of the A68 and so the A695 ended here. Now that runs elsewhere the A695 runs through the village centre and then about a mile further on has to TOTSO left, with the B6529 running ahead into Corbridge.
Not long afterwards there's a T-junction and the road TOTSOs left again (right is Corbridge) to cross the Devil's Water (a stream, which here looks quite innocuous). Continuing west, the road runs parallel to the railway line into Hexham. After passing the hospital a double mini-roundabout is reached. Three roads reach the second roundabout and all three end there; the other two are the B6305 through the town centre and the A6079 which takes through traffic north to meet the A69.
Originally the A695 ran from the A193 in Tynemouth to the A68 in Riding Mill, but underwent some changes after 1972. The section from Tynemouth to the A1 in Newcastle was renamed as an extension of the A193 in 1972, effectively halving the road's length (further renumberings mean that Neville Street is now the A186). However, when the A69 Hexham - Corbridge by pass was opened in 1977, the old A69 became the A695 (which required a multiplex along the A68 from Riding Mill to south of Corbridge. When the A68 eastern by pass of Corbridge opened in 1982, the old A68 became the A695, removing the multiplex.
Original Author(s): Gelen A