|Distance:||18.9 miles (30.4 km)|
|Meets:||A530, A525, A530, A53, A41|
|Former Number(s):||A464, A41|
|Route outline (key)|
The A529 is a non-primary A-road running through quiet dairy country on the Shropshire/Cheshire border.
Nantwich – Market Drayton
The road starts on the southern outskirts of the Cheshire market town of Nantwich, where the A530 makes a TOTSO to head south-west towards Whitchurch. Fairly soon it leaves the built-up area and follows a twisty course south through the village of Hankelow, with its large village green, to reach Audlem, where it has a short multiplex west along the A525 which runs between Newcastle-under-Lyme and Whitchurch. Audlem is a large village-cum-small town with a sandstone church in an elevated position at its centre. The road also crosses the Shropshire Union Canal here.
Heading south from Audlem, the A529 crosses from Cheshire into Shropshire and continues its winding course until it reaches the A53 Market Drayton bypass at a roundabout. It crosses the A53 and heads south into the town, where it follows a confusing course through a one-way system. Market Drayton is a fair-sized market town with many attractive black-and-white buildings. On the southern edge of the town the road descends a steep hill into the valley of the River Tern.
Market Drayton – Hinstock
Rather than small fields and high hedges we are now in more expansive parkland country, where the A529 follows a straighter course with more overtaking opportunities, which are very much lacking north of Market Drayton. After a few miles it reaches the straggling village of Hinstock, which is now bypassed by the A41. It follows the old course of the A41 through the village and terminates on the bypass just to the south.
The A529 came into existence in the 1935 renumberings, taking over that part of the A464 which did not become part of a rerouted A41. Originally the road's southern end was on that road to the north of Hinstock but it took over the old route through town when the A41 Hinstock bypass was built.
Original Author(s): Peter Edwardson