|From:||Hicks Gate (ST641696)|
|To:||Staple Hill (ST649759)|
|Distance:||8.1 miles (13 km)|
|Meets:||A4, A4174, B3116, A431, A420, B4465, A4017|
|Former Number(s):||B3116, B4427, B4047|
|Route outline (key)|
Hicks Gate – Bridge Yate
The start at Hicks Gate is on a roundabout with the A4 and A4174, and then we pass along the old A4 route, up Durley Hill and into Keynsham. They may have improved the signage in Keynsham, but in the past (even before the completion of the A4174), the A4175 turning wasn't signed, and you could shuttle back and forth through the town looking for it. Station Road is met at a mini-roundabout junction and soon crosses the A4 Keynsham Bypass and railway line, leaving the town as it crosses the River Avon too.
We meet the A431 at Willsbridge, and turn right to enjoy a short multiplex across the restored Avon Valley Railway at Bitton. The road then turns north again to skirt along the eastern side of Oldland Common, and so reach the A420 at Bridge Yate.
Siston Common – Staple Hill
There used to be a multiplex west into Warmley but that was lost when the A4174 was built, so we now follow that road north and regain the A4175 at Siston Common. The road then twists and turns through suburban streets to a traffic-light-controlled TOTSO with the B4465 on Broad Street in Staple Hill. We turn left, and soon reach the A4017 and the end of the A4175.
In the 1922/23 Road Lists:
- Hicks Gate – Keynsham was part of the A36; this became the A4 in 1935
- Keynsham – Willsbridge was the B4045
- Wills Bridge – Bridge Yate was unclassified but soon became the B4426
- Siston Common – Staple Hill was part of the B4047
The old section across Siston Common has now been downgraded to a cycle path although it's obvious it used to be a road. It left the A420 in Walmley and headed northwest along Stanley Road and then the road called Siston Common to rejoin the present A4175 Station Road.