|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Broughton Poggs (SP233039)|
|To:||Minster Lovell (SP314110)|
|Distance:||7.9 miles (12.7 km)|
|Meets:||A361, B4020, A40, B4047|
|Route outline (key)|
The B4477 is a semi-rural B-road in west Oxfordshire. The road was unclassified for many years but gained its number in the 2000s to aid traffic in reaching RAF Brize Norton.
The road starts on the A361 at Broughton Poggs and heads east along the pre-bypass A-road into Filkins, where it TOTSOs right before the village centre is reached. We head northeastwards across the fields and skirt the northern end of Kencot before having to TOTSO left, quickly meeting the B4020 at a T-junction; the unclassified road at the TOTSO cuts off the corner for traffic wanting to head south along the B4020.
Originally, as the B4477 did not exist, the road to the left was numbered B4020 but now our road has taken it on. We continue northeastwards, along a road that was classified when the original line of the B4020 was severed by RAF Brize Norton, and cross a stream to enter Carterton. At a mini-roundabout we turn left, with the town centre ahead.
We now head north and gradually bear round to the right, bypassing the town. There are several residential roads bearing off to the right but no houses actually front onto our road. Presently traffic lights are reached where the B4020 turns off to the left, now running through the town rather than past it. We continue bearing round to the right until another set of traffic lights is reached where we TOTSO left. Continue ahead for the main entrance to RAF Brize Norton.
Continuing east we run through a business park then turn left at the second roundabout to leave town heading northwards, although there are still a couple of roads to the left providing access to suburbs of Carterton. We then cross a previously existing road heading north from Brize Norton village; this is an interesting staggered crossroads where traffic may not head from Carterton to Brize Norton or vice versa. We bear round to the right, bypassing the latter then reach a roundabout on the northern edge of the village. We turn left instead.
Once again there's a rural stretch northeastwards and presently the A40 is reached at an east-facing half-diamond GSJ. On the far side we enter Minster Lovell almost immediately and head north into town along Brize Norton Road. It's not long before journey's end at a T-junction on the B4047.