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B4342

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B4342
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From:New Quay (SN389600)
To:near Tregaron (SN668586)
Via:Llanarth, Llangeitho
Length:20.7 miles (33.3 km)
Meets: A486, A487, B4339, A482, B4337, B4576, B4578, A485
Former Number(s):B4339
Highway Authorities

Ceredigion

Traditional Counties

Cardiganshire

Route outline (key)
B4342 New Quay – Llanarth
(A487) Llanarth
B4342 Llanarth - Ystrad Aeron
(A482) Ystrad Aeron – Felin Fach
B4342 Felin Fach – Hendre Las
(B4337) Hendre Las – Tal-sarn
B4342 Tal-sarn – Tregaron
End of the B4342 near Tregaron

The B4342 is a long B-road in Cardiganshire.

It starts on the coast at New Quay, as a continuous road with the A486. It then goes South Easterly via Gilfachreda to reach the A487 at Llanarth. There is a multiplex north through the village before the B4342 turns off to the right and regains its number.

The road TOTSOs right less than half a mile further on before the road continues southeast to Mydroilyn then east to Dihewyd. Here there is a sharp bend to the right at the junction with the B4339. Continuing east the B4342 descends into the valley of the River Aeron and the village of Ystrad Aeron. The road meets the A482 at a T-junction and multiplexes south into the next village, Felinfach.

The road regains its number and its easterly direction only for about a mile. At the next T-junction it meets the B4337 and multiplexes north over the river and into Tal-sarn where the road heads east once more.

The B4342 then follows the valley of the Aeron upstream for over five miles to Llangeitho where it crosses the river. There is a most unexpected roundabout in the centre of the village. The road then climbs out of the valley to Stags Head, where it is crossed by the B4578. The road now descends into the Teifi Valley where it ends on the A485 at Trecerfel, about a mile south of Tregaron.

History

Originally the B4342 only ran from Felinfach east to Tregaron. In 1935 it was extended west to New Quay along what was the B4339.