A5/Crick - Tamworth

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A5
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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

Counties

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



A5
SectionsA5/Bangor - Holyhead • A5/Betws-y-Coed - Bangor • A5/Central London - Brockley • A5/Chirk - Betws-y-Coed • A5/Dunstable - Stony Stratford • A5/Gailey - Telford • A5/Stony Stratford - Crick • A5/Tamworth - Gailey • A5/Telford - Chirk
ProjectsGlyn Bends, Ty Nant
JunctionsAbbey Hill Roundabout • Anglesey Arms Roundabout • Antelope Roundabout • Bayston Hill Roundabout • Brockley Interchange • Caergeiliog Interchange • Caldecotte Interchange • Canons Corner • Carreg Bran Interchange • Centurion Junction • Chalton Interchange • Churchbridge • Churncote Roundabout • Cluddley Interchange • Crackleybank Interchange • Crick Interchange • Cross in Hand • DIRFT Rugby East Roundabout • DIRFT Rugby North Roundabout • Dalar Hir Interchange • Dodwells Roundabout • Dordon Roundabout • Druid Junction • Dunstable Crossroads • Edgebold Roundabout • Emstrey Island • Felton Butler Roundabout • Five Crosses • Forge Interchange • Friars Wash • Gailey Interchange • Gailey Island • Gibbet Roundabout • Glan Menai Junction • Glascote Interchange • Gledrid Roundabout • Grendon Roundabout • Halfway House Roundabout (Northants) • Halton Roundabout • High Cross • Higham Roundabout • Hockliffe Crossroads • Hollinswood Interchange • Holly Lane Roundabout • Kelly's Kitchen Roundabout • Kilsby • King Harry Junction • Limekiln Bank Roundabout • Little Brickhill Interchange • Llys y Gwynt Interchange • Longford Island • Longshoot • M42 J10 • Mancetter Roundabout • Marble Arch • Marylebone Flyover • Mile End Roundabout • Mile Oak Junction • Muckley Corner • Nant Turnpike Interchange • Old Stratford Roundabout • Park Street Roundabout • Peahen Crossroads • Pickmere Roundabout • Portway Roundabout (Milton Keynes) • Preston Island • Priorslee Interchange • Priorslee Roundabout • Queens Head Junction • Red Gate • Redmoor Roundabout • Rising Sun (Brownhills) • Sheeps Lane Roundabout • Smockington Hollow • Staples Corner • Stretton Baskerville • The Column Roundabout • The Turf • Thorn Roundabout • Tove Roundabout • Ventura Park Interchange • Wall Island • Watford Crossroads • Weedon Crossroads • Weedon Roundabout • Weeford Interchange • Whitehurst Roundabout • Whittington Roundabout • Wolfshead Roundabout • Woodcote Roundabout
ServicesBangor services • Tamworth services
CrossingsAtcham Bridge • Dow Bridge • Marylebone Flyover • Menai Suspension Bridge • Pont Corwen • Stanley Embankment • Stony Stratford Bypass • Waterloo Bridge (Caernarfonshire)
RoadsA5 • A5(M) • E31 (via Carlisle) • E33 (London - Glasgow) • E33 (Northampton - Liverpool) • E34 (Old System) • EuroVelo 2 • Holyhead Road • Maelor Tour • NCN55 • NCN8 • T11 (Britain) • T13 (Britain) • T15 (Britain) • T16 (Britain) • T18 (Britain) • T44 (Britain) • T48 (Britain) • Watling Street
PlacesBangor (Caernarfonshire) • Betws-y-Coed • Brent Cross • Brownhills • Cannock • Central London • DIRFT • Dunstable • Hinckley • Holyhead • Kilburn • Llangollen • London • Lutterworth • Milton Keynes • Oswestry • Rugby • Shrewsbury • St Albans • Tamworth • Telford • Wellington (Shropshire) • West End
MiscellaneousA5/Named Junctions • A5/history • A5/route • Thomas Telford
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Other nearby roads
DIRFTA428 • A5 • M1 • T48 (Britain)
LutterworthA4114 • A426 • A427 • A4303 • A4304 • A5 • B4027 (Warwickshire) • B4111 (Coventry - Kilworth) • B4455 (Wolvey Heath - Cross in Hand) • B577 • E106 (Northampton - Leeds) • E13 • E31 (via Carlisle) • M1
HinckleyA447 • A47 • A5 • A5070 (Hinckley) • A5096 • B4109 • B4666 • B4667 • B4668 • B4669 • B5325 • B5402 • B578 • B579 (Hinckley) • B580 • B581 • B590 • Droitwich - Leicester Motorway • M69 • T15 (Britain) • T48 (Britain) • Watling Street
NuneatonA4131 • A4254 • A444 • A47 • A5 • B4102 • B4112 • B4113 • B4114 • B4115 (Atherstone - Nuneaton) • Droitwich - Leicester Motorway • T15 (Britain) • Watling Street
TamworthA4091 • A423 • A453 • A5 • A5003 • A51 • A513 • B4119 (Wishaw - Tamworth) • B5000 • B5001 • B5080 • B5313 • B5349 • B5399 • B5404 • B5440 • B5493 • M42 • T48 (Britain) • T53 (Britain) • Watling Street