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A5/Crick - Tamworth

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From:  Crick (SP570730)
To:  Tamworth (SK242006)
Meets:  A428, A5, A426, A4303, A47, A444, M42, A5
Old route now:  B4111
Highway Authorities

Highways England


Leicestershire • Northamptonshire • Warwickshire

Route outline (key)
Arrownorthwest.jpg North Tamworth - Gailey
A5 Crick - Tamworth
South Arrowsoutheast.jpg Stony Stratford - Crick

South East | North West

Our route is now dead straight again as we run between the remains of the masts of Rugby Radio Station. The A5 is the traditional border between Warwickshire and Leicestershire (and, on this stretch, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire), though in practice the administrative boundary usually lies a little way back from the road itself on one side or the other.

The top of the rise after the radio station brings us onto Dunsmore, the heath that stretches from here westwards to Coventry, and is the starting point of a curiously large number of major routes. We then dip down to Dow Bridge, where Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire all meet, then climb again to the junction with the original A427 (later a B-road and now altogether unclassified) at Catthorpe Cross.

Soon after passing under the M6, we reach the roundabout with the A426, which links the M1 and M6 motorways. This section of the A5 is quite pleasant to drive down, being through rolling countryside, with just enough occasional dual carriageway to ensure that you never get frustrated at being stuck behind a truck. And there are quite a few trucks between here and Cannock, as this section functions as an unofficial M6 bypass.

We cross the M69 at the Stretton Baskerville roundabout, and duly come to Hinckley and Nuneaton. On our right lies MIRA, the Motor Industry Research Association, where new cars are thoroughly road-tested. We bypass the hat-making town of Atherstone, and come across a signpost to what has to be one of the best place-names in England...Sheepy Magna! (accessible via Sheepy Road, no less). Without much further ado, we find ourselves at junction 10 of the M42, with its attendant Tamworth Services.

South East | North West

M42 J10 • Portway Roundabout (Milton Keynes) • Rising Sun (Brownhills) • Kelly's Kitchen Roundabout • Marble Arch • Churchbridge • Marylebone Flyover • Weeford Interchange • Abbey Hill Roundabout • Redmoor Roundabout • Peahen Crossroads • Staples Corner • Crick Interchange • Wall Island • Friars Wash • Brockley Interchange • Gailey Interchange • Forge Interchange • Cluddley Interchange • Stretton Baskerville • Caldecotte Interchange • Smockington Hollow • Gibbet Roundabout • Cross in Hand • Red Gate • Dodwells Roundabout • Longshoot • Mancetter Roundabout • Muckley Corner • The Turf • Longford Island • Kilsby • Gailey Island • Limekiln Bank Roundabout • Priorslee Roundabout • Hollinswood Interchange • Preston Island • Emstrey Island • Bayston Hill Roundabout • Woodcote Roundabout • Mile End Roundabout • Five Crosses • Gledrid Roundabout • Priorslee Interchange • Canons Corner • Llys y Gwynt Interchange • Carreg Bran Interchange • Park Street Roundabout • Halton Roundabout • Churncote Roundabout • Nant Turnpike Interchange • Dalar Hir Interchange • Thorn Roundabout • Sheeps Lane Roundabout • Hockliffe Crossroads • Glan Menai Junction • Druid Junction • Old Stratford Roundabout • Little Brickhill Interchange • Weedon Crossroads • Watford Crossroads • Halfway House Roundabout (Northants) • DIRFT Rugby East Roundabout • DIRFT Rugby North Roundabout • High Cross • Higham Roundabout • Grendon Roundabout • Dordon Roundabout • Centurion Junction • Glascote Interchange • Ventura Park Interchange • Mile Oak Junction • Edgebold Roundabout • Felton Butler Roundabout • Wolfshead Roundabout • Queens Head Junction • Whittington Roundabout • Tove Roundabout • Holly Lane Roundabout • King Harry Junction • Pickmere Roundabout • Crackleybank Interchange • Dunstable Crossroads • Chalton Interchange • Whitehurst Roundabout • Antelope Roundabout • Anglesey Arms Roundabout • Weedon Roundabout • The Column Roundabout • Pen Caledog Interchange
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