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From:  Royston (TL355424)
To:  Godmanchester (TL260704)
Distance:  19.3 miles (31.1 km)
Meets:  A505, A603, A428, A14, A1307
Former Number(s):  A14
Primary Destinations
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Traditional Counties

Cambridgeshire • Huntingdonshire

Route outline (key)
A1198 Royston - Godmanchester


The A1198 follows the Old North Road, the Roman Ermine Street, from Royston to Godmanchester, following most of the line of the original A14.

Royston - Godmanchester

The road starts at a roundabout on the A505 Royston northern bypass and heads slightly west of north along a largely straight route, showing its Roman history. It passes the Bassingbourn barracks (a former RAF station), after which a wooded section on the right marks the southern end of an avenue of trees from Wimpole Hall (now owned by the National Trust) which lies several miles to the north. After crossing the River Cam or Rhee a roundabout is met; in A14 days the A603 used to cross here but now the road to the left has been renumbered B1042 although following it will lead to a detached section of the A603.

Continuing on, the road goes through Arrington, one of the Wimpole Estate villages; the Hall is off to the right but only accessible on foot (or by appointment) from here. The road continues along a gently undulating landscape and crosses the B1046 in Longstowe before reaching a roundabout at the southern end of the Caxton southern bypass. We now detour away from Ermine Street to the east. Along the bypass a roundabout gives access to the nearby new settlement of Cambourne, then we rejoin our old route at the next roundabout. We soon cross the A428 (former A45) at the Caxton Gibbet roundabout. There is a reconstructed gallows between the A1198 and McDonalds on the south side of the roundabout.

The A1198 towards Papworth

After less than a mile we reach a further roundabout where we detour again to bypass Papworth Everard, to the west this time; again there is a roundabout halfway along the bypass and a further one where we rejoin our old route. Another lengthy straight section follows and we pass the Wood Green Animal Shelter before bearing to the right on the southern edge of Godmanchester. The old A14 ran straight through the town but was later rerouted to bypass it and that is the way we go. We pass between the town and an industrial estate to end at a roundabout GSJ, which is the former J24 of the A14, now a junction on the A1307.


A14 historic route from 1922/3 numbering

This road was redesignated as the A1198 in the 1980s in order to free up the A14 number for the new M1/A1/A12 link road.

The Papworth Everard By Pass opened on 30th March 2007 and the Caxton By Pass shortly afterwards.

Related Pictures
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20180602-1644 - A14 works - Ermine St Jct N Rbt heading South on A1198 52.293362N 0.149647W.jpg20180602-1648 - A14 works looking West at Ermine St Junction 52.292581N 0.147662W.jpg20180602-1650 - A1198 overbridge at Ermine St Junction 52.292397N 0.148649W.jpg20180602-1652 - Looking East A1198 overbridge Ermine St Jct 52.292574N 0.152232W.jpg20180602-1657 - A1198 Ermine St Jct Overbridge 52.292673N 0.148917W.jpg
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