|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||13.5 miles (21.7 km)|
|Meets:||A548, B5384, A544, B5428, A543|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5382 is a largely rural B-road in North Wales. It was originally unclassified. Around 1930 the A543 on the western side of Denbigh was rerouted and so the B5382 came into existence taking over the bypassed section; it was not until 1935 that the road was extended west giving it its present length.
The road starts by the pub on the A548 in Llangernyw and heads east past the churchyard out of the village. The road is narrow from the outset so an S1 bridge over the River Elwy is nothing surprising. On the far side of the river we enter open country and climb steeply out of the valley. After a brief run across the top we cross a small valley, with a steep hill on both sides, before continuing on to meet the B5384. Another steep descent, this time partly wooded, brings us into the valley of the River Aled and a T-junction on the A544 on the near side of Llansannan.
There's a multiplex to the right through the village and over the river. Over half a mile later - and back in sight of open fields - the B5382 regains its number by turning left at a crossroads. Still narrower than S2 it climbs back into the hills, although this section is not as switchback as earlier. The road follows the river valley downstream, descending gradually as it does so. The road is in the valley bottom by the time it reaches the small village of Bryn Rhyd-yr-Arian, where, after crossing a tributary, the road bears right away from the river. The valley of another tributary is followed upstream back into the hills.
After a couple of miles of undulating terrain the road descends into Henllan. The B5428 comes in from the right by the pub and multiplexes with us up the hill before turning off northwards. Now S2 for practically the first time our road passes through the village back into open country. A golf course is then crossed before we reach Denbigh. On the near side of town there's an unsigned turn to the right along the traffic-calmed Gwaenynog Road, which is a spur of the B5382 taking us to the A543 on the western edge of the town. Meanwhile the mainline continues ahead along Henllan Street into the town centre. It TOTSOs right at a T-junction onto Henllan Place and then ends immediately afterwards at a roundabout on the A543.