|To:||East Ayton (SE992850)|
|Distance:||7.7 miles (12.4 km)|
|Meets:||A165, A64, A170|
|Former Number(s):||A64, A170|
|Route outline (key)|
The B1261 is a medium-length B-road to the south of Scarborough.
It starts on the A165 to the north of Lebberston, west of Filey. It heads roughly due west through Eastfield, where it goes over the A64 and the Scarborough to York railway line in quick succession. There is no junction with the A64 here but at a roundabout shortly afterwards a spur heads north to a roundabout on that road.
The mainline of the B1261 continues west into Seamer where the road splits again. A branch heads south through the centre of the village to cross the railway line again and meet the A64 at Seamer Carr. The mainline heads west to East Ayton where it ends on the A170.
This road originally ran from the A165 at Gristhorpe (to the east of its current end at Lebberston) to the A170 at East Ayton via a long multiplex with the A64 through Seamer. The B1261 was cut back to Seamer when the A170 was rerouted in the early 1920s, until the A170 was diverted back onto its original course in the early 1970s and so the B1261 got its western section back. The two branches of the current B1261 together with the section through Seamer were originally part of the A64, until the Seamer Bypass was built in the late 1980s.