|From:||Ludlow bypass (N) (SO499765)|
|To:||Cadbury's roundabout, Marlbrook (SO512536)|
|Via:||Ludlow town centre, Richard's Castle, Leominster|
|Distance:||16.5 miles (26.6 km)|
|Meets:||A49, B4362, A44, A49|
|Route outline (key)|
It starts at a GSJ at the northern edge of the Ludlow bypass, where the B4361 is only accessible to/from the A49 from Bromfield. Our road continues into Ludlow as the pre-bypass A49. To start with the southbound slip road runs between the A49 and railway line for a short distance before going under the bypass and then meeting the other carriageway of the B4361, whose slip road is much shorter. The road continues into Ludlow, crossing the River Corve before running through the narrow streets of the town centre. On reaching the River Teme the road goes along it for a short distance before having to TOTSO left at traffic lights to cross an old, narrow bridge (whose flow is controlled by the same traffic lights).
The road continues south and splits on the edge of Overton. Straight ahead the pre-bypass A49 continues to reach the bypass at a full-access T-junction. However, the mainline turns right, at what was the original northern end of the B4361.
The road continues through Overton before crossing into Herefordshire in the village of Richard's Castle (the castle itself lies to the west of the village by the old church). The road continues south and is the dominant partner in a multiplex with the B4362 around Orleton. The multiplex ends with the B4361 having to TOTSO left.
After going through Luston the road crosses the River Lugg and enters Leominster and reaches the A44 at a mini-roundabout. Originally the road ended here but, as in Ludlow, the B4361 has been extended along the pre-bypass A49 through the town. There is, therefore, a short multiplex along the A44, detouring around the now-pedestrianised High Street, before the A-road TOTSOs right at traffic lights and the B4361 continues ahead. It turns left and right at adjacent mini-roundabouts to regain the original north-south route.
After leaving town the road crosses the River Arrow before running parallel to the A49's current course for over a mile with the railway between them and no access from one road to the other. Eventually the B4361 crosses the railway line to end at a roundabout at the southern end of the bypass.