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Old 23-09-09
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Favourite West Midlands driving roads

OK, so you have a full tank of petrol (or diesel if you must!) and a bit of spare time, and you fancy a decent drive in our lovely home region of the West Midlands! Where do you recommend?

I'll start us off down in Worcestershire as that's where I am:

Head west out of Worcester on the B4204 Martley Road - loads of great twisties (and very occasionally I get a clear run!). Right at the T-junction in Martley, then immediately right again onto the B4197 to Great Witley - even more twisties and much less traffic If I'm short on time, I then head straight back to Worcester via the A443 and the A449. If I'm not, I head further west and explore! But the best bit is Worcester-Martley-Great Witley.

If you're in this neck of the woods, give it a go! Works in reverse too (you know what I mean!).

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I always enjoted the A34 from Solihull into Stratford . t'was always good for a thrash



Also the road from Coleshill into Balsall Common but cant remember the name of it



And any road that takes me out of Wednesbury
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the B4394

admaston to norton
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this is a great little route i sometimes take the bike out on if ive got nowhere to go or am just bored on a nice day
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A425 Southam to Banbury
A422 Stratford to Banbury
B4439 Hockley Heath to Hatton
A4141 Warwick to Solihull
A44 Evesham to Moreton-in-Marsh

For a really challenging drive a bit further afield, try the road round Llyn Brianne reservoir near Llanwrtyd Wells.

Not forgetting:
A4189 Redditch to Warwick
B4089 Alvechurch to Wooton Wawen

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if I ever have to go the Guests in Knowle, I cheer my self up by turning right out of there and taking a left on to the A41 and then a right more or less off it again down the back lane that eventually goes to Balsall Common.

Makes the Alfa sing, as long as there. One of lifes pleasures on a sunny day
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I love the B4368 From Bridgnorth to Craven Arms
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if I ever have to go the Guests in Knowle, I cheer my self up by turning right out of there and taking a left on to the A41 and then a right more or less off it again down the back lane that eventually goes to Balsall Common.

Makes the Alfa sing, as long as there. One of lifes pleasures on a sunny day
Agree. B4101 out of Cov, past Balsall Common, Knowle, Hockley Heath, to Redditch.
Or B4439 from Hockley Heath to Warwick.
Or B4453 from Rugby (A45 turn) to Leamington (but sadly 50mph restricted now )

Then there's always the Fosse (assuming you can avoid the tractors, the Sunday drivers, & the speedcams )
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Actually, right now, looking out of the window at the blue sky & sunshine, even the M6 has it's appeal !
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Originally Posted by The Doctor View Post
Agree. B4101 out of Cov, past Balsall Common, Knowle, Hockley Heath, to Redditch.
Or B4439 from Hockley Heath to Warwick.
Or B4453 from Rugby (A45 turn) to Leamington (but sadly 50mph restricted now )

Then there's always the Fosse (assuming you can avoid the tractors, the Sunday drivers, & the speedcams )
PS Of course, with the roof down & Chris Rea's "Motorway To Hell" on full chat (I'd also settle for Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama", or even a bit of Pavarotti).
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We love the B4090 Old Roman Road from Droitwich to Alcester (through Feckenham), straightish but undulating very good for spirited driving when clear.
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ooh my favourite (sometimes I take it coming back from work)


A442 From Worcester to Inkberrow. Fantastic twisty road, with a few villages in-between. Fantastic (if you don't get stuck behind a lorry!)
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Originally Posted by Shusky View Post
We love the B4090 Old Roman Road from Droitwich to Alcester (through Feckenham)
I've had a play on that one myself

Originally Posted by pas5898 View Post
A442 From Worcester to Inkberrow. Fantastic twisty road, with a few villages in-between.
And that one!

Lots of great suggestions - hopefully a few of us will discover some new delights to go and have a play on! Keep 'em coming

I wonder how many miles we'd end up covering if we tried to string all these together into a monster West Midlands drive-out?!
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It's got to be the A488 from Shrewsbury, just head South... I'm fortunate enough to have meetings arranged over in Shrewsbury fairly regularly, I always arrive with a big grin on my face after heading there up the A458 then going home using the A488

Thinking about it, I should probably try and get another meeting in while the roads are reasonably dry... Sorry, before the end of Q2.
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I shal be taking the A442 home from work in 3 hours

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I wonder how many miles we'd end up covering if we tried to string all these together into a monster West Midlands drive-out?!
Aubrey raises an interesting point

I smell a West Midland cruise coming along
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i must agree with shusky and aubrey , i regularly go fishing on the river arrow at wixford and from Bromsgrove to Wixford is a fabulous run along the old roman road through bradley green , Feckenham then onto to the Alcester road , and the best bit of all is the final 2 miles from cookhill down the side of Ragley hall and along ( not sure of the name of the road ) to wixford by the lovely pub called the fish inn on the bank of the river arrow.
even after a bad evenings fishing , there is always the thrash ( i mean cruise ) back home afterwards.


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Don't know the name of the it, but the road from Bewdley to Ludlow is one of my favourites: smooth tarmac, fast sweeping bends, good visibility.

BTW I'm loving this cold crisp air we've had for the last few days, the 155 is running great on it.
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Originally Posted by GTV Rob View Post
BTW I'm loving this cold crisp air we've had for the last few days, the 155 is running great on it.
excellent point
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Originally Posted by GTV Rob View Post
Don't know the name of the it, but the road from Bewdley to Ludlow is one of my favourites: smooth tarmac, fast sweeping bends, good visibility.

BTW I'm loving this cold crisp air we've had for the last few days, the 155 is running great on it.
That goes past my front door..... great choice (....oh by the way it is the A456 followed by the A4117)
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That goes past my front door..... great choice (....oh by the way it is the A456 followed by the A4117)
Lovely part of the world

There's that Lancia garage around there, is that where you take your Integrale? I always stop there to look at the cars, usually followed by a quick drink in the beer garden next door.
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Shrews Ludlow road, bridgnorth muchwenlock. Bridgnorth, stourbridge I was on that tonight
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Good stuff! Right everyone - in my best teacher voice - your homework for this week is to try someone else's favourite route and report back in this thread what you think of it
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Originally Posted by GTV Rob View Post
There's that Lancia garage around there, is that where you take your Integrale? I always stop there to look at the cars, usually followed by a quick drink in the beer garden next door.
Indeed I do - That is Tanc Barratt's garage and I have known Tanc for many years and it is only about 1/4 mile down the road from my house !!!

One of my favourite routes is turn left out of my house, down the A456 over Clows Top and down towards Newnham Bridge, turn right towards Tenbury (....out into Shropshire now - but just as nice as Worcestershire ) blast along the straight past the Peacock pub - turn left onto A4117 going over the Teme into Tenbury Wells itself - carry on that road going towards Leominster, passing through Kimbolton and down to the junction with the A49 just short of Leominster - then turn Right onto the A49 going back towards Ludlow (time to stretch your legs again ) At Wooferton, turn Right back onto the A456 and head for home again..... Route is about 40 miles......
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Just been for a blast upto Cheshire oaks. Telford - marketdrayton - whitchurch - Chester. Nice roads.
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