|Distance:||15.8 miles (25.4 km)|
|Meets:||A361, A429, B4077, A44|
|Route outline (key)|
The A424 is a scenic drive through the Cotswolds.
The road begins on the A361 in the small Cotswold town of Burford. After crossing the narrow bridge over the River Windrush (complete with pedestrian refuges), the A361 turns right at a T-junction. The left turn is the A424 and will take you towards Stow-on-the Wold.
Almost immediately after turning onto the A424, we have to turn right in order to stay on our route. From there, we begin to climb steadily along an almost straight course through farmland. We come close to the top of Gallows Hill (around 200 m) then drop down a short distance along a gentle grade before rising gently through steeper countryside towards Wyck Beacon, at a height of 250 m. All very gentle compared with some other parts of the country, until we drop down Wyck Hill to meet the Fosse Way (there part of the A429) for the final climb up to Stow-on-the-Wold.
The multiplex through Stow has the A429 number but also takes in the A436 as well as the A424, so it is with some relief that after passing through the town centre (and losing the A436 again), we turn off the A429 at a T-junction to the left. Almost immediately there is another T-junction to the left – this time with the B4077. As we leave Stow, we descend the hill into a dip in what is still largely farm land before climbing gently past the village of Longborough. The road then straightens out again as we pass an OS Trig point near Sezincote. It's a straight flat run to the northern terminus of the A424, on the A44, which continues the Roman alignment we have followed from Stow.