Old Toll House at the junction of Grange Hill / Bromsgrove Road (the B4551) and Illey Lane
The B4551 is a semi-rural B-road in north Worcestershire. Originally part of the B4096 the road was soon upgraded to Class I status as the A459. However, following completion of the M5 in the 1960s the road was downgraded again, gaining its present number.
The road starts on the A491 just west of M5J4 and heads north, parallel to the motorway for the first mile or so. B-road and motorway are at their closest as the latter curves around Windmill Hill, then the two diverge, with the motorway heading off to the northeast.
We continue north and bear sharply right on a green to reach Romsley, where it runs along the eastern side of the village. We descend back into open country then run through the long, thin settlement of Hunnington. The road is lined with buildings for much of the rest of the route, although fields are also visible from time to time. There's a final descent down Grange Hill to a roundabout on the A456, where the B4551 ends. The road ahead is still the A459.