The A48x group contains a couple of very long 3-digit A-roads, but the A480 isn't one of them. The route starts on the A44 a few miles east of the Herefordshire town of Kington as a single-carriageway non-primary route. It heads south-east through Lyonshall, then meets the primary A4112 at Sarnesfield, near Weobley. Weobley itself – a well preserved black and white style village with a couple of good pubs, lying a few miles to the left – is worth the short detour.
Back on the A480, we continue towards Hereford, passing through thousands of acres of prime agricultural land. We pass RAF Credenhill before crossing Hereford's unofficial northern bypass, the A4103 Roman Road at Stretton Sugwas. Shortly after, we arrive at a T junction where we meet the A438 primary route into Hereford.