|Distance:||26 miles (41.8 km)|
|Meets:||A525, B5130, B5426, A539, B5069, A495, B4397, B5476, A5124, B5067, A5191, A458|
|Route outline (key)|
Section 1: Marchwiel – Ellesmere
Opposite the attractive church at Marchwiel, to the south of Wrexham on the A525, the A528 begins its trek southwards through fields towards Shrewsbury. We pass a turning left for the B5130 then reach a crossroads with the B5426 where a left turn will take you almost straight back to the A525 at Bangor.
We gradually approach the River Dee, crossing it at Overton Bridge then running through parkland to reach Overton where a right-left-right movement will keep you on the A528. Miss the last right turn and you'll find yourself on the A539, which has been multiplexing with us since before Overton Bridge. We run south to Knolton, whose only significance is that as soon as you've passed through, you cross into England. Apart from the signs, you notice little difference between the two countries here.
We continue to Ellesmere, where we bear left at a roundabout in the middle of town – a right turn would take you onto the A495. We multiplex with the A495 alongside The Mere, a lake on the edge of town. There seems to be debate as to which number is dominant - originally it was the A528 but signs now claim it's the A495. After passing Oteley Woods the A495 turns left, and we continue over the canal, past more woods and beyond another lake, White Mere.
Section 2: Ellesmere – Shrewsbury
More lakes (this is Shropshire's Lake District!), fields and woodland follow until we reach the unfortunately named Cockshutt, a largely unremarkable village that does not benefit from having the sometimes busy A528 running through the middle of it.
We continue in the same style through Myddle and Harmer Hill, meeting the B5476 south of the village. That road was the A49 until the 1940s and so this was the original southern end of the A528 but we now continue on. Eventually, we reach a roundabout junction with the A5124 on the northern edge of Shrewsbury. We bypass the town's northern suburbs, but suddenly find ourselves in the heart of the town opposite the castle where the A528 terminates at a gyratory where it meets the A5191 (which is also a former route of the A49) and the A458.