|Via:||Welland, Great Malvern|
|Distance:||14 miles (22.5 km)|
|Meets:||B4213, A438, A4104, B4209, B4211, A449|
|Route outline (key)|
The B4208 is a rural B-road, running mostly in Worcestershire.
It starts at Staunton, just over the border with Gloucestershire, at a T-junction on the B4213 a few feet to the east of a mini-roundabout where that road meets the A417. The B4208 heads north and soon changes county.
After a dogleg in Gadfield Elm the road enters Pendock before going over the M50. A mile further on it meets the A438 at a staggered crossroads, where the B-road has priority. With the Malvern Hills now very much in our view to the left, we cross Castlemorton Common before reaching Welland. There is another staggered crossroads, in this case with the A4104, and again the B-road has priority.
After all this priority for the B4208 the next junction comes as a bit of a shock at it TOTSOs left. Shortly afterwards it crosses the B4209 at a set of traffic lights by the Three Counties Showground before running into Malvern Common and the Great Malvern urban area.
In Barnard's Green meets the B4211 at a T-junction. There is a multiplex through the suburb, with the B4208 dominant, before the two roads split at a badly signed gyratory. The road continues up Pickersleigh Road towards Malvern Link before reaching traffic lights where it TOTSOs right. It continues past the industrial estates to end at a roundabout on the A449 in the Newland area of town.
In 1922 the B4208 ran only from Welland to Barnard's Green. The roads at either end had different numbers from today: the B4210 and A440 respectively. By 1932 the road had been extended north into Malvern Link but the Staunton to Welland was not added until after World War II.
By the 1970s the section of road between Barnard's Green and Malvern Link had become part of the A4532. By the time it was downgraded to Class II status again, the northern section of this road had been rerouted to serve the industrial estates, hence the current TOTSO and unclassified section into Malvern Link.