|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||6.6 miles (10.6 km)|
|Meets:||A4086, B4366, B4547, B4409, A5|
|Former Number(s):||B4547, B4366, B4409|
|Route outline (key)|
The A4244 is a rural A-road in north Caernarfonshire, following a roundabout route to the north of the mountains.
The road starts on the A4086 on the edge of Snowdonia. It heads north and soon crosses the Afon Rhythallt, the river that flows out of Llyn Padarn. The road then bypasses Brynrefail and heads northeastwards. The road is fairly straight and remarkably flat for the area.
The road heads towards Moel Rhiwen but bears left to avoid having to climb. It now descends, heading northwestwards, and presently reaches a roundabout. Left is the B4366; ahead the B4547. The A4244 turns right, almost doubling back on itself. It decides not to return to Snowdonia but gradually bears left. Pentir is bypassed and the road now heads northeastwards once more. The B4409 soon turns off to the right and we continue on across the fields. Presently we pass the turn for Bangor services and end immediately afterwards at a roundabout on the A5. To the left is A55 J11; the services technically belong to that road.
The entire road was originally unclassified. In the 1920s the middle section became part of the B4366 and then the northern section became the B4409 a few years later. The southern section of the road became part of the B4547 in 1935.
The road retained its Class II status for many years but was eventually upgraded to become the A4244 in the 2000s, although the road had already been upgraded on the ground.