|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||16.3 miles (26.2 km)|
|Meets:||B5260, A585, B5411, B5264, A6, B6244, B6243|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5269 is a long B-road in central Lancashire.
The route starts on the B5260 on the southern edge of Singleton and heads east along Mile Road. This first section was originally the A585 and only became the B5269 on completion of that road's current route, which is met after the mile is up. There is a short multiplex (or long staggered crossroads) south along the A-road before the B5269 heads east once more, from what was its original western end.
Just before entering Thistleton the road TOTSOs left, then continues to zigzag in an overall easterly direction across the flat countryside of the Fylde. This area is where gas fracking is proposed. The next few miles are very winding: we rarely go any distance at all before the road bends sharply for no apparent reason. On this section the route passes through several small villages, among them Elswick and Inskip. Just east of Inskip the road passes through one of the few common areas left in the county. The road itself carries a fair bit of agricultural traffic as it passes through dairy farming country. There are views northeast to the Forest of Bowland hills, not a forest, just moorland.
After crossing the Lancaster Canal at a narrow bridge our road TOTSOs left at a fork on the approach to Woodplumpton (the road to the right is the B5411, which leads into the village itself). The B5269 now follows an unusually long straight course as far as a bridge over the West Coast Main Line before the road zigzags through Broughton where it used to cross the A6 at traffic lights, however this junction has been altered removing the traffic lights and giving this road priority as a crossroads. Just out of the village it meets the A6 Broughton Bypass, opened 2019, at a roundabout. A short distance further on, it goes under the M6 (traffic wanting the motorway should head south along the A6 to reach junction 1 of the M55.
From this point on, the road is far less winding, although of course it is never straight. By now we have left the flat lands of the Fylde behind and we continues to climb up to Goosnargh (famous for its cake). The road passes between the village centre and Whittingham Hall, with the disused Whittingham (Mental) Hospital to the south of that. It skirts the hospital grounds before continuing to climb to Longridge.
On the western edge of town the road meets the B6244 at a roundabout. The B5269 originally turned left here and went along Derby Road and Berry Lane; the current route, however, just goes straight ahead, rejoining its old route in the Market Place. The road then bends sharply right to become Dilworth Lane before descending out of town to end at the point where it runs into the B6243.