|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Daventry (SE) (SP580613)|
|Distance:||3.3 miles (5.3 km)|
|Meets:||A428, A361, A4256, B4036, A45, A425|
|Old route now:||A361|
|Route outline (key)|
The B4038, a short B-road in the Midlands, is in two historically linked sections.
The northern end of the road is on the A428 in the Rugby suburb of Hillmorton. It heads southeast, quickly entering open country and descending to cross the Oxford Canal. The road continues across the fields, passing a few buildings and with the occasional side road, before bearing right to enter Kilsby. We run through the village along Main Road, which appears to bypass the village centre and pass some modern houses. Presently we reach a green and a T-junction on the A361.
To the left - and within sight - is the northern end of the A361 on the A5 but we turn right and multiplex south along the A361 for over four miles (longer than the whole of the road actually numbered B4038) into Daventry. The B4038 appears on the northern edge of the town centre at a roundabout on the A4256 (the unclassified road to the north was once part of our road) and runs south along The Hollows. We cross the High Street at a roundabout before following St James Street to a mini-roundabout where we turn left into Oxford Street. Signage states this road is only for traffic requiring the town centre and through traffic is directed back the way we've come.
We turn right at the next mini-roundabout onto London Road, with the B4036 continuing ahead along Oxford Street. The road straightens as it heads into the suburbs, crossing a valley and passing light industry to reach a roundabout on the southern edge of town. The B4038 ends here and we meet the A45 and A425.
In 1922 the B4038 ran solely from Daventry to Kilsby before the extension north to Rugby was added in the 1930s. The road later took over the former A45 south of Daventry when the bypass was built.
The entire original section of B4038 is now numbered A361 and has been since the 1970s.