|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Keston Common (TQ416636)|
|Distance:||4.1 miles (6.6 km)|
|Meets:||A222, A21, B2212, B251, A232, A233|
|Route outline (key)|
Starting as Page Heath Lane, Bickley, it becomes Homesdale Road, and passes under an arched bridge with signs warning overheight vehicles to use the middle of the road; this is a rarity in the borough. It crosses the A21 at a staggered traffic-light junction, and then by Ravensbourne School there is a 7'0" width limit (main traffic from Bromley to Hayes is routed via the B2212 Hayes Road, to avoid this width limit).
As Hayes Lane the road passes through the older part of Hayes (known as "Hayes village" or "Old Hayes") and then as Baston Road it opens out into Hayes Common and becomes more rural. The speed limit rises to 40 mph, continuing through the traffic lights and crossing the A232. As we enter Keston the limit drops to 30 mph but we reclaim the 40 limit as the road reaches its last few yards.
At the end of the B265 you are greeted by the A233.
Although most of the route of the B265 has remained unchanged since its original classification, this is not the case between Hayes and Keston, where Seventh Series OS maps show it following a route slightly further to the west in the 1950s and 1960s (although earlier it had followed the same route as today).
From the junction of Hayes Street and Baston Road just past today's De Stefano car dealership in Hayes, the B265 forked right into West Common Road, passing the western side of Hayes School on the left before continuing straight on towards the A232. After the crossroads, it continued through the woods before rejoining the current B265 by the Greyhound public house in Keston village.