The A69 is a major northern trunk road in England, running east-west across the Pennines, through the counties of Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Cumbria. Originally the road started in Blaydon, but since the creation of the A1 Western Bypass around Newcastle upon Tyne, it now starts at Denton Burn a suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne.
The route from the A1 junction to Carlisle City Centre is 54 miles (87 km).
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Places with parentheses are indicative of historically being on the A69, but have now been bypassed
The road runs westwards from the A1 at Denton Burn in Newcastle upon Tyne through the suburbs of Denton Burn and West Denton before a junction with the A6085 and the B323. It continues west and passes over what was Hadrian's Wall, which until now has been south of the road, at Milecastle 13 on the wall. Hereafter the road is always south of the wall. The road carries on up the Tyne valley, bypassing the village of Corbridge and the market town Hexham. The A69 crosses the River Tyne west of Hexham (Constantius Bridge), re-crosses it west of the village of Haydon Bridge, and yet again as it bypasses Haltwhistle.
After crossing the border into Cumbria, the A69 by-passes the town of Brampton, before coming to a roundabout junction with the A689 road. The A69 turns left here and travels through the village of Warwick Bridge, which is planned to be by-passed in the future. Following a short piece of dual carriageway, the A69 comes to Junction 43 of the M6 motorway, which skirts the eastern edge of Carlisle.
The A69 into Carlisle has the name Warwick Road, and is known to be one of the most congested roads in the county. At Saint Aidan's Church, the A69 turns right up Victoria Place, and meets the A7 road at a busy traffic-light controlled crossroads, where it terminates.
Historical sections of road numbered A69
At its eastern end, the A69 historically ran from its current terminus with the A1 at Denton Burn eastward along Westgate Road (now the western end of the A186)in Newcastle upon Tyne, terminating at the junction between Westgate Road and Neville Street in central Newcastle near Newcastle Central Station.
The construction of the Gateshead Western Bypass saw the section of A69 from Denton Burn into central Newcastle renumbered A186, with the A69 then passing over Scotswood Bridge and following the Gateshead Western Bypass to Birtley where it joined the A1(M). The later construction of the Newcastle Western Bypass saw the Gateshead Western Bypass section renumbered A1 as the A1 was diverted to the west of Newcastle upon Tyne city centre and over the new Blaydon Bridge, with the A69 curtailed to its current terminus at Denton Burn.
The A69 is a major route linking the north-east and north-west of England, and as such has primary status throughout. For about 20 miles (30 km) between its start at Newcastle and the Hexham by-pass the A69 is dual carriageway standard, and is largely grade separated. The rest of the route, apart from a short dual carriageway section near the M6 Junction 43 is single carriageway, with occasional climbing lanes.
Haydon Bridge was the last village on the A69 in Northumberland to gain a bypass. This was officially opened on Wednesday 25 March 2009 and passes to the south of the village with a new bridge over the River South Tyne to the west of the village.
A report on the A69 in 2011 noted that in the previous year 82 accidents were recorded with 130 injuries, 10 serious injuries and four deaths. Campaigning has been ongoing to get the section from Hexham to Carlisle dualled to allow vehicles to overtake safely.
The A6079 is a road in Northumberland, northern England, that runs eight miles (13 km) from Hexham to the A68 road. The road begins off the A69 road to the north of Hexham, before passing the villages of Acomb and Wall before meeting the B6318 road just to the south of Chollerford - unusually, traffic on the A6079 must give way to the traffic on the B6318, despite the fact that "A"-roads are more important than "B"-roads. The A6079 continues through the village of Chollerton, and terminates at its junction with the A68 road to Edinburgh, nine miles (14 km) north-west of Corbridge.Acomb, Northumberland
Acomb is a village in the south of Northumberland, England. The population at the 2001 Census was 1,184 increasing to 1,268 at the 2011 Census. It is situated to the north of Hexham, not far from the junction of the A69 road and A6079 road. The name is Anglo-Saxon Old English acum, 'at the oak trees'. The traditional pronunciation of the name is "Yeckam".Aydon
Aydon is a village in Northumberland, England. It is about 2 miles (3 km) northeast of Corbridge on the B6321 road. The village is about 18 miles (29 km) from Newcastle along the main A69 road. The A68 road is close by, leading to Jedburgh and Darlington. Aydon lies near the course of the ancient Roman monument, Hadrian's Wall.Brampton, Carlisle
Brampton is a small market town, civil parish and electoral ward within the City of Carlisle district of Cumbria, England, about 9 miles (14 km) east of Carlisle and 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Hadrian's Wall. Historically part of Cumberland, it is situated off the A69 road which bypasses it. Brampton railway station, on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, is about a mile outside the town, near the hamlet of Milton.
St Martin's Church is famous as the only church designed by the Pre-Raphaelite architect Philip Webb, and contains one of the most exquisite sets of stained glass windows designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, and executed in the William Morris studio.Constantius Bridge
Constantius Bridge is a modern concrete bridge across the River Tyne about 1 mile (2 km) west of Hexham, Northumberland, England. The bridge carries the A69 road over the River Tyne and forms part of the Hexham bypass.Denton Burn
Denton Burn is an area situated 4 miles (6 km) to the west of the city centre of Newcastle upon Tyne in England, United Kingdom. It is officially designated a suburb of the city, where it is linked to Carlisle by the A69 and A1 roads. The West Road also runs to the north of Denton Burn allowing access to the city centre and also to the junction which leads to the A69 road and A1 road.Greenhead, Northumberland
Greenhead is a village in Northumberland, England. The village is on the Military Road (B6318), about 17 miles (27 km) from Chollerford, 3 miles (5 km) from Haltwhistle and 9 miles (14 km) from Brampton, Cumbria along the A69 road. The A69 road bypasses the village, but until the 1980s all vehicular traffic passed through the village. The village lies just outside the Northumberland National Park, close to Hadrian's Wall. Just to the north of the village is the 12th-century Thirlwall Castle, recently restored and opened to the public. Nearby villages include Upper Denton and Haltwhistle.
A former Methodist chapel in the village is now a youth hostel.
The Pennine Way, the UK's first National Trail, passes through Greenhead.Haltwhistle A69 Bridge, East
Haltwhistle A69 Bridge, East is a concrete bridge across the River South Tyne at Haltwhistle in Northumberland.Haltwhistle A69 Bridge, West
Haltwhistle A69 Bridge, West is a concrete bridge across the River South Tyne at Haltwhistle in Northumberland.Haydon Bridge
Haydon Bridge is a village in Northumberland, England, with a population of about 2000, the civil parish Haydon, being measured at 2,184 in the Census 2011. Its most distinctive features are the two bridges crossing the River South Tyne; the picturesque original bridge for which the village was named (now restricted to pedestrian use) and a modern bridge which used to carry the A69 road. A bypass was completed in 2009 and the A69 now bypasses the village to the south.The modern village is divided in two by the River South Tyne, whereas the old village (Haydon) was to the north, on the hill overlooking the river; all that remains is a Norman church now reduced in size from the original, which used stone taken from nearby Roman Hadrian's Wall. The A686 road joins the A69 just to the south east of the village, linking Haydon Bridge with Alston and Penrith.Horsley, Northumberland
Horsley is a small village 10 miles (16 km) west of Newcastle upon Tyne and 10 miles (16 km) east of Hexham. The A69 road used to pass through the village but now bypasses the village just to the north.Little Corby
Little Corby is a village in the county of Cumbria in the north of England. It is east of the city of Carlisle, alongside the River Eden and near to the A69 road.
Along with the adjoining villages of Corby Hill and Warwick Bridge, Little Corby forms part of a small built-up area which is a dormitory village for Carlisle. Corby Hill and Little Corby are in Hayton civil parish while Warwick Bridge is in the parish of Wetheral.Melkridge
Melkridge is a village and civil parish in Northumberland, England, on the river South Tyne. The village of Melkridge is in the south of the parish, and is about two miles (3 km) east of Haltwhistle along the A69 road. At the 2001 the civil parish had a population of 212, increasing slightly to 216 at the 2011 Census.Milecastle 15
Milecastle 15 (Whitchester) was a milecastle of the Roman Hadrian's Wall. Its remains exist as a bold platform with robbed walls located on the southern side of the B6318 Military Road approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) west of its crossing of the A69 road. It has not been excavated.Milecastle 8
Milecastle 8 (West Denton) was a milecastle of the Roman Hadrian's Wall. Its remains are located in what is now West Denton, Newcastle upon Tyne. The milecastle has two associated turret structures which are known as turret 8A and turret 8B. The turrets and milecastle were excavated in the 1920s, yielding some pottery and stone carvings, but have since been overlain by modern roads. The exact locations of the structures is disputed, with the road now hiding any surface traces. The Milecastle now forms part of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site.Nether Denton
Nether Denton is a scattered settlement and civil parish in rural Cumbria, situated about 12 miles (19 km) north-east of Carlisle, by the A69 road. The population of the parish taken at the 2011 census was 415.St. Cuthbert's Church at Nether Denton is built at the site of a Roman fort, around 0.5 miles (0.80 km) south of Hadrian's Wall on the Stanegate road. The present building dates from 1868-70, but there has been a church on the site since the 12th century. Denton Hall, now a farmhouse, comprises a 14th-century pele tower, gabled and reduced in height, adjoining a house of 1829. The walls of the tower are 2m thick.Upper Denton
Upper Denton is a small village and civil parish in the north of Cumbria, England about 1 km north of the A69 road linking Haltwhistle and Brampton. The population of the civil parish when taken at the Census 2011 was less than 100. Details are included in the parish of Nether Denton. The village is situated on the line of the Roman Stanegate which ran from Corbridge (Coria) to Carlisle (Luguvalium). Just 1 km to the north across the river Irthing is Birdoswald fort on Hadrian's Wall. Nearby villages include Gilsland, Greenhead and Lanercost.
The church was built using Roman stones including a re used Roman Arch. It is said that masonry from Birdoswald was used. The church is no longer in use. The old bastle was at one time a Vicarage.An accident at the level crossing on 24 December 1970 led to a Department of the Environment report. The level crossing is manned (July 2014) even though there are very few residences on the north side of the line and the road north of the line is a dead end.Warwick Bridge
Warwick Bridge is a village in the City of Carlisle District of the county of Cumbria, England. It forms part of a small urban area which includes the villages of Corby Hill and Little Corby.
Warwick Bridge lies within the civil parish of Wetheral though Corby Hill and Little Corby are in Hayton parish.
Warwick Bridge is located on the River Eden and the A69 road, near the River Irthing. It is five miles east of the city of Carlisle and four miles from the town of Brampton. The bridge on the Eden, which gave the village its name, was built in 1837 by John Dobson.
The village has a post office, a Co-operative Food store and a few places of worship, one being Our Lady & St Wilfrid's Church. There are two large mansion houses near or in the village, Warwick Hall and Holme Eden Hall built in 1837.
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