|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||9.7 miles (15.6 km)|
|Meets:||A4042, A40, A465, A472|
|Former Number(s):||A40, A471|
|Route outline (key)|
The road starts at a roundabout-and-a-half on the southern edge of Abergavenny, where it joins the A4042, A465 and A40, and heads southeastwards alongside the last named, although it is hardly ever visible. After going through Penpergwm we go over the A40 and shortly afterwards TOTSO right in Llanfihangel Gobion, where we leave the old and new routes of the A40 behind.
Now heading south we cross the River Usk and go through Llanfair Kilgeddin before reaching the river again. This is crossed at something of a high spot on this road, the so-called "Chain Bridge" (actually an arch suspension type). The bridge is narrow and controlled by traffic lights. It may best be admired from the adjacent and appropriately named Chain Bridge Inn. We now pass a golf course and the oddly named village of Kemeys Commander before returning to the river.
We do not cross the Usk again but briefly run alongside, although the river is hidden behind trees. We continue straight whereas the river meanders to the west; it soon returns. We follow the river into the town of Usk, then turn aside so both sides of the road can be lined with buildings. After going under a wide bridge carrying a dismantled railway line we reach the town centre and end at a T-junction on the A472.