|Via:||Tenbury Wells, Bromyard, Bishop's Frome|
|Distance:||28.4 miles (45.7 km)|
|Meets:||A4117, A456, A4112, B4203, A44, A465, A4103, B4220, A438|
|Old route now:||A4112, A449, A417|
|Route outline (key)|
The B4214 is a long rural B-road in the west Midlands - although originally it was even longer.
It starts on the A4117 at Cleehill in Shropshire and goes south. Shortly it descends steeply from off the top of the hill to Knowlegate before making its way to Burford, where it meets the A456 at a T-junction. There is then a short multiplex east along this road before the next turn right is taken. This is the original line of the B4214 but the road was upgraded to become the A4112 in the 1960s. The multiplex therefore continues along this road across the River Teme into the Worcestershire town of Tenbury Wells before the B4214 reappears on the far side of the town centre and heads south along Bromyard Road.
For the next few miles the B4214 follows the Kyre Brook upstream to Collington, just across the county boundary in Herefordshire. After crossing the watershed it descends once more to cross the River Frome and enter Bromyard. Happily, it enters that town along Tenbury Road.
At the far end of Tenbury Road is a T-junction. The B4214 TOTSOs right here whilst left is the B4203 one-way loop through the town centre. The B4214 heads away from the very centre of town and crosses the A44 town-centre bypass at a staggered crossroads. Soon afterwards it reaches the A465; there is a short multiplex south before the B4214 regains its number.
After going through Munderfield Row the road descends steeply into Bishops Frome. It crosses the River Frome again before crossing the A4103 at a staggered crossroads. After passing Castle Frome the road goes over Stanley Hill and Gold Hill before reaching a T-junction where it meets the B4220. This had become the southern end of the road by the 1950s: the A4154 came in from the left and followed the original route of the B4214 to Ledbury. However, this section of road was soon downgraded again to regain its original number.
The road currently ends here, to the north of Ledbury town centre. However, originally it multiplexed along that road through the centre of town before continuing south for another 15 miles via Staunton and Maisemore to end on the A40 to the west of Gloucester city centre, thus making the B4214 over 40 miles long. This southern section was upgraded to Class I status in 1935, becoming part of the A417. It remains this number, although the section immediately south of Ledbury as far as the bypass is now numbered A449.