|From:||Chance's Pitch (SO744401)|
|To:||Great Malvern (SO775452)|
|Via:||Colwall Stone, Upper Wyche|
|Distance:||4.3 miles (6.9 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B4218 is a short B-road across the Malvern Hills. It links the A449 to itself, with that road taking an easier route to the south.
Originally this road was numbered B4217 but owing to its importance it became the A4105 in the late 1920s. The road gained its present number in the 1960s (the original number had already been reused).
The road starts at Chance's Pitch on the A449 and heads north. It crosses the original line of the A449, then bears sharply right by Barton Court, quickly going under a footbridge. The road soon reaches Colwall Green then goes over the Hereford to Worcester railway line at a narrow bridge with flow controlled by traffic lights to reach Colwall Stone.
After going through the centre of town along Walwyn Road the road starts to climb into the Malverns and passes into Upper Colwall; it is briefly semi-rural. The narrow Fossil Bank bears off to the left; this is the original line of the B4217; the present route bends sharply right, then even more sharply left, to reach the other end of the diversion but this does at least lessen the gradient.
Just before reaching the east end of Fossil Bank the B4232 comes in from the right and there's a short multiplex to an ornate shelter. We then go through the Wyche Cutting before bearing left to avoid going over the edge. Some distance below us is the A449 and our road follows a winding route along the side of the hill whilst descending to meet that road, ending on it after the best part of a mile.