|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||10.9 miles (17.5 km)|
|Meets:||A162, B1222, A19|
|Route outline (key)|
The B1223 is a largely rural east-west B-road to the south of York.
It starts at a simple T-junction with the A162 between Tadcaster and Towton and runs fairly straight and fast eastwards to Ulleskelf, where it slows to 30mph through the village and rises on a bridge over the York—Leeds railway. After leaving the village, the B1223 turns left at a poorly-signed T-junction - straight ahead is an unclassified road to Church Fenton.
From here, the road is narrow and twisty, and very slow. It passes through the village of Ryther, including a right-angle bend leaving the village. A couple of miles on, it reaches the village of Cawood, where it crosses the B1222 at traffic lights. The stop lines are a long way back from the junction, because the turn is so tight that buses need that much space to get round! The road then bears sharply to the right, and turns left at a mini-roundabout - straight ahead is an unclassified road towards Thorpe Willoughby.
The B1223 then leaves Cawood behind, and the road opens up a little bit, but it is still slow and twisty, Shortly we arrive in the village of Wistow, where there is a double S-bend on a very narrow section of the road, hemmed in by a brick wall on one side and a building on the other. Out of the village, the road returns to slow and twisty NSL before arriving in the northern reaches of Selby. After crossing a mini-roundabout, the road comes to another mini-roundabout where ahead is Millgate, the old route of the road, but this is now blocked off. The B1223 turns left onto New Millgate, which bends round and rejoins the original route.
On your right after this is Selby Market Place, and at this point, most maps say that the B1223 turns right, but the road beyond the Market Place is one way (towards you) and access only. However, traffic can continue ahead along Water Lane, which may or may not be unclassified, to reach the A19.