Glasgow to Leeds by car – A66/Scotch Corner or M6/A65?
Driving down to Leeds tomorrow evening, leaving Glasgow at 4pm(ish). Google maps reckons same time for either route and distance is comparable.
Anyone got any opinions on which route is best/quickest/least likely to encounter delays?Posted 4 years ago
I would go A66..its dualled most of the way ..Posted 4 years ago
A66 would be my instinct. A65 is a PITA…Posted 4 years ago
Depends where in Leeds you’re going!
If you’re aiming for Headingley and that side, use the A65. If you’re headed to the city centre, A66-A1 and in from that side. Mainly just because the City Centre loop is a massive PITA.
I live and work in Leeds but drive up to my folks near Carlisle regularly. From work (Moortown) it’s easiest to go A1-A66 headed north, but coming home it’s easier to do M6-A65. Both have their good and bad bits – the single carriageway sections of the 66 can be a mare if you’re stuck behind something slow.Posted 4 years ago
A66 is pretty good and now most of the A1 work south of Scotch Corner is completed and it is 3 lane motorway from there in.
Your other option is M6/M65/M60/M62/M621 if you are close to rush hour seriously do not bother. the M6 from Lancaster onwards to the M621 is a nightmare around rush hour.Posted 4 years ago
It depends on if you need to stop at Tebay for a pie, herdy mug or jar of Mr Vikkis….Posted 4 years ago
A66 all day long. I live in Leeds and avoid the a65 whenever possiblePosted 4 years ago
There were roadworks stopping you turning south onto the A1 from the Scotch Corner roundabout when I was in the area a few days ago – might be worth checking ahead that theres no planned evening / night closures planned.Posted 4 years ago
A66, we do that journey a lot. M6 takes a lot longer.
There we’re roadworks stopping you turning south onto the A1 from the Scotch Corner
Was that after 8pm?Posted 4 years ago
Was that after 8pm?
probably. There were warnings about it on the M6 though – so if you were going to be effected you’d know about it before you turned on the A66Posted 4 years ago
The diversion isn’t that bad anyway.Posted 4 years ago
It depends on if you need to stop at Tebay for a pie, herdy mug or jar of Mr Vikkis….
This is my only considerationPosted 4 years ago
D’oh! Heading near to Leeds Airport but forgot to write that in my rush to post original question!Posted 4 years ago
M6, A65. Lovely drive, and by the time you get to the A65 it will be quiet.Posted 4 years ago
By the time you hit either it’ll be quiet so then its pot luck as to accidents, cant judge it on scenic either because it’ll be dark.
65 can be a nightmare in the daytime due to winding singletrack road, 66 is more dual carriageway.
For ease of driving I’d say M6/A66/A1 is more cruise control road friendly.Posted 4 years ago
I live near the airport and we’d always come back from that direction along the A65 as otherwise it’s a haul round Leeds.Posted 4 years ago
You can still get your Tebay fix by taking the next exit (Tebay appropriately enough) then picking up the A66 at Brough.
When we lived in the North York Moors it was an hour quicker to get to the South Lakes by going up to Guisborough then Scotch Corner, Brough, Tebay than going via the A65.Posted 4 years ago
Ta much folks. Good mix of answers there so I’m none the wiser! Will make a decision based on planned roadworks and traffic reports tomorrow.Posted 4 years ago
Airport is basically Otley, so tips it in favour of the 65, but only just.Posted 4 years ago
I used to live in Yeadon (near airport). I’d go A66, A1, off at A59 and follow A658 down to Airport.
RachelPosted 4 years ago
A65 – it’s what I always used to use… just get your times right and the traffic isn’t too bad 😉
I was usually only going as far as Bingley/Haworth mind back when I was living up there, but even from South Cumbria over to Leeds it was the A65 (although on a Speed Triple traffic wasn’t such an issue…)Posted 4 years ago
Tebay pfffffft …….Cranstons Penrith just off Junction 40 M6, 3 metres of Cumberland sausage for 15 quid full range of Mr Vikkis pastes and sauces, once visited never forgotten.Posted 4 years ago
I’d go A66, A1, off at A59 and follow A658 down to Airport.
This is the route I’d take also. It can get busy heading through Pool in Wharfedale (especially from the Harrogate side) but at the time you’ll be arriving it’ll be quiet.Posted 4 years ago
Yeah Pool Bank can get busy in rush hour but at other times should be fine. Leave A1 at Leeds-Bradford airport sign, I think it’s J47, A59 as mentioned abovePosted 4 years ago
At the time you mentioned, M6-A65 will be absolutely fine.
You’ll be hitting Pool Bank at c. 8pm, so it’ll be fine.Posted 4 years ago
Tebay pfffffft …….Cranstons Penrith just off Junction 40 M6, 3 metres of Cumberland sausage for 15 quid full range of Mr Vikkis pastes and sauces, once visited never forgotten.
ta – will give it a bashPosted 4 years ago
Ta much folks. Good mix of answers there so I’m none the wiser! Will make a decision based on planned roadworks and traffic reports tomorrow.
I’ve been driving Glasgow to Wetherby since the late 80’s and I’ve only ever gone M6 a couple times due to A66 being closed. It’s not an option I would choose though. We often go to the airport from Wetherby and it’s a quick drive.
Leaving Glasgow at 4pm means you’re going to hit heavy traffic on the a65 I’d have thought.Posted 4 years ago
Let us know how you got on.Posted 4 years ago
Last time I did that journey (about a month ago) the A66/A1 at Scotch corner was closed for night roadworks with a frankly ridiculous diversion in place.
I ended up country laning it and going via Richmond to join the A1 further down.
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