|From:||Hampton Heath (SJ499494)|
|To:||Nant y Caws (SJ289264)|
|Distance:||23.8 miles (38.3 km)|
|Meets:||A41, B5395, A525, A539, A528, B5068, B5070, B5009, A5, B4580, B4579, A483|
|Former Number(s):||A483, B4400|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5069 is a lengthy route in the border region of England and Wales.
The road starts at a roundabout on the A41 in Hampton Heath, Cheshire and heads southwestwards, soon reaching Malpas. It TOTSOs left at a T-junction on the High Street then right again by the market cross (where the road ahead is the B5395).
The road heads west out of town through Cuddington Heath before passing the scattered village of Threapwood and entering Wales. There are then two sharp left-hand bends as the road starts to descend. The next mile or so, to the village of Worthenbury, is very winding.
After crossing the Worthenbury Brook the road crosses a low ridge before descending to the Dee Valley and the village of Bangor-on-Dee, where it runs along Station Road before reaching the High Street. At this point the A525 used to come in from the left along Whitchurch Road, TOTSO and then form a multiplex as far as the church; however, that road now bypasses the village. There is a spur of the B5069 along Whitchurch Road to meet the bypass but the mainline continues ahead as it always has.
The B5069 TOTSOs left by Bangor church (the ex-A525 ahead is now signed as a no-through-road as the old bridge over the River Dee is now one-way into the village). It goes under the A525 bypass before following the River Dee upstream. That is very close at first but then road and river diverge. The road passes Bangor racecourse before getting to Overton.
The B5069 splits again on the edge of the village. The left fork along School Lane and the road ahead along Turning Street both reach the A528, at either end of the High Street. There is then a short multiplex south along the A528 out of town before the B5069 regains its number by turning right. It heads west and soon reenters England.
The next place of any size is St Martins. The B5068 is met at a mini-roundabout on the northern edge of town and the B5070 on the southern edge; the B5069 has to TOTSO left at the latter junction. It then crosses the Llangollen Canal and goes through Rhewl before reaching Gobowen.
The B5069 originally ended on the A5 in the centre of Gobowen. However, that road now bypasses the village, with the pre-bypass route numbered B5009, so the B5069 continues along the original route of the A483 south of Gobowen. The road crosses the Chester to Shrewsbury railway line at a level crossing by the station before crossing the A5 bypass at a roundabout.
Now out-of-zone, the B5069 continues south into Oswestry. It meets the B4580 on the northern edge of town and is the dominant partner in a multiplex leading to the town centre. There is a complicated one-way loop in the town centre (part of the southbound section of which was originally the B4400), during which the B4579 and B4580 leave the B5069, although it is never entirely clear which of these three roads traffic is actually using at any time.
Having found its way out of the loop, the B5069 heads south out of town through Morda, before ending at a T-junction on the current route of the A483 at Nant-y-Caws.