|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||11.9 miles (19.2 km)|
|Meets:||M6, A685, B6261, B6542|
|Route outline (key)|
The B6260 is a cross-country road in central Westmorland.
Originally the road started on the A685 in the centre of Tebay but with the coming of the M6 the southern end of the road was moved north; there's now a sharp bend on the A685 in Tebay itself showing the change in priorities. Our road now starts at the roundabout of M6 J38, where it also meets the A685. It heads north, passing the "services" before going through Old Tebay and then crossing the River Lune. It continues along the relatively flat terrain of this part of the county before reaching the village of Orton. The B6261 comes in from the right on the near edge of the village and then the B6260 is the dominant partner in a short multiplex along Front Street.
The B6261 turns off by the George Hotel and the B6260 continues along the narrow village streets. It meets a spur of the B6261 on the edge of the village and the continues into open country. The road crosses a few fields heading towards a steep escarpment, Orton Scar. It bears to the right to climb this before crossing a cattle grid on top of the fell, after which the road becomes unfenced.
We continue north across open moorland amongst the sheep. The road crosses another cattle grid by a wood and becomes fenced again - but still crossing moorland. Eventually, however, the road begins to descend, not as steeply as the climb, and heads east to Hoff, where it crosses the Hoff Beck.
About a mile further on the road reaches the outskirts of Appleby-in-Westmorland. It goes anticlockwise around the castle before bearing left into Boroughgate, the town's main street and the widest the B6260 gets along its entire route (although the original line of the road was along the parallel Doomgate). At the far end it bears to the right along the narrow Bridge Street. It crosses the River Eden and ends immediately afterwards on the B6542 (former A66).