The A697 is a road that can be used an alternative to the A1 for those travelling between Scotland and England via the North East.
It connects Morpeth on the A1 to the A68 at Oxton, near Edinburgh. The road runs via Wooler and Coldstream, and passes through a largely rural area of the Scottish Borders. Stretches of the route overlay the Devil's Causeway, a Roman road. The A697 is around 15 miles (24 km) shorter and an average time of 23 minutes quicker than travelling up the A1, according to figures from the RAC route planner.
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