Route 69

Route Description

National Route 69 of the National Cycle Network connects Hest Bank by Morecambe Bay Nature Reserve with Cleethorpes Nature Reserve to the south of Grimsby via Settle, Skipton, Cullingworth, Huddersfield, Horbury, Pontefract, Althorpe and Caistor. Sections currently open and signed in both directions are:
1. Hest Bank (Morecambe) to Clapham (N Yorkshire)
National Route 69 travels traffic-free from Hest Bank - where it links to National Route 6 - to Morecambe Stone Jetty on a traffic-free path alongside first the coastal road and then the Promenade. The jetty corresponds with the beginning of the Way of the Roses coast to coast route which is shared with National Route 69 all the way to Clapham. Between Morecambe and Caton the route follows the trackbed of an old railway line, and then makes its way to Clapham on roads.
2. Silsden to Riddlesden
National Route 69 follows a minor road and then the towpath of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to Riddlesden. The National Cycle Network continues along the canal as Route 696 from here as NCN 69 is proposed heading south via Keighley.
3. Cullingworth to Hewenden Reservoir
Traffic-free stretch along the disused railway line once known as the Alpine route because of the stunning scenery. This section includes the famous Cullingworth Viaduct and Grade 2 listed Hewenden Viaduct. See Great Northern Railway Trail.
4. Thornton to Queensbury
Another part of the Great Northern Railway Trail, the route here includes the famous Thornton Viaduct and is almost entirely traffic-free.
5. Halifax
Short section which is predominantly traffic-free alongside Hebble Brook, from south of the railway station to the southern outskirts of the town. There is also a very short discontinuous section further to the south by Cross Hill /West Vale.
6. Huddersfield to Deighton /Bradley
Predominantly traffic-free section along a disused railway line to just north of Deighton Railway Station.
7. Dewsbury
A section of traffic-free on National Route 69, forming the southern part of the Spen Valley Greenway, takes you to central Dewsbury near the railway station. From here, the route is on-road for a short stretch before meeting National Route 699, which takes you along a dismantled railway to Ossett.
8. Horbury (Wakefield) to Wakefield
A combination of traffic-free and on-road route link the two settlements across the M1 motorway. 
Traffic free sections
Morecambe to Caton; Silsden to Riddlesden (on-road section first); Cullingworth to Hewenden [Great Northern Railway Trail]; Thornton to Queensbury [Great Northern Railway Trail]; Halifax (Hebble Brook); Huddersfield to Deighton; Dewsbury [Spen Valley Greenway].
Route Details
Distance: 46 miles
Type: Other than the long section formig a part of the Way of the Roses, Route 69 comprises a number of discontinuous, short traffic free sections throughout Yorkshire


Throughout June and July 2018, Route 69 between Riddlesden and Silsden (Airedale Greenway) will be closed for towpath improvements as part of Phase 2 of the CityConnect programme. Building on the canal towpath upgrades made in Phase 1, this scheme will involve the construction of an off-highway cycle route, with high quality surfacing, covering around 2.7km from Lodge Hill Bridge at Riddlesden Golf Club (Bridge 194) to Silsden Road Bridge (Bridge 191A). A diversion is in place and will be signposted.

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National Route 69 of the National Cycle Network connects Morecambe with Grimsby via Settle, Skipton, Cullingworth, Huddersfield, Horbury, Pontefract, Althorpe and Caistor. Please see route description below for details of open sections.