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Primary Destinations
Hereford • Leominster • Ross-on-Wye
Other Important Destinations
Current Highway Authorities
Herefordshire Council
Brecknockshire • Gloucestershire • Monmouthshire • Radnorshire • Shropshire • Worcestershire
National Highways Roads
M50 • A40 • A49 • A449
This article is about the county.
For the Highway Authority, see Herefordshire Council

Herefordshire is a traditional county in western England. The county was linked administratively with Worcestershire between 1974 and 1998 but has now regained its county council.

Geography & Economy

Huntsham Bridge

Herefordshire is one of England's most rural and least populated counties, stretching from the Shropshire Hills to the Forest of Dean, and from the Welsh border to the Malverns. The River Wye enters the county in the west and heads east via the county town of Hereford before leaving to the south, taking in Symonds Yat as it does so.

The county is known for cattle and cider - and agriculture is still an important part of the economy; the Council logo includes an apple. Tourism is also important, with the county having a number of picturesque villages, particularly in the west. The Malverns and Forest of Dean and Black Mountains enter the county, although they are better associated with Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and South Wales respectively. As such the highest point in England south of the Pennines is in Herefordshire, albeit on the Welsh border. Herefordshire has the largest chained library in the world as well as the Mappa Mundi.


The A4111 in Eardisley

For a rural county, Herefordshire has a surprisingly comprehensive road network, with the majority of roads radiating out of the three main towns of Ledbury, Hereford and Ross-on-Wye. However, the River Wye forms a considerable barrier: there are fewer roads on the right bank and only a handful of bridges across the river.

Most non-trunk roads within the county are maintained by Herefordshire Council. National Highways maintain the north-south A49 and the A40/A449/M50 link in the south of the county. For some reason the A40 east of Ross is not trunk in Herefordshire but is over the border in Gloucestershire. Herefordshire is home of the most infamous motorway junction in the country, Linton Interchange; this is little more than a T-junction off both carriageways.

Route From To Length
M50 Strensham Ross-on-Wye 21 miles View   
A40 London Fishguard 263 miles View
A44 Oxford Aberystwyth 155 miles View
A49 Ross on Wye Bamber Bridge 158 miles View
A417 Streatley Hope under Dinmore 97.5 miles View
A438 Ashchurch Pont-y-bat 60.6 miles View
A449 Stafford Coldra, Newport 108 miles View
A456 Five Ways, Birmingham Woofferton 41 miles View
A465 Neath Bromyard 79.3 miles View
A466 King's Thorn Chepstow Interchange 30 miles View
A480 Lyonshall King's Acre, Hereford 13.8 miles View
A4045 Eign Street Widemarsh Street 0.2 miles View
A4103 Worcester (W) Stretton Sugwas 25.5 miles View
A4105 Brimfieldcross Brimfield 0.6 miles View
A4105 Colwall Green Malvern 4.3 miles View
A4110 Leintwardine Hereford 22.2 miles View
A4111 Willersley Kington 6.1 miles View
A4112 Burford Eardisley 23.6 miles View
A4113 Bromfield Knighton 14.0 miles View
A4137 Marstow St Owen's Cross 5.0 miles View
A4149 High Street Ross-on-Wye bypass 1.1 miles View
A4152 High Street Brookend Street 0.4 miles View
A4153 Glasbury Whitney on Wye (W) 8.0 miles View
A4154 Ledbury Ridgeway Cross 7.3 miles View
A4172 Trumpet Preston Cross 2.8 miles View
A4193 Aylestone Hill Inner Ring Road 0.2 miles View
A4194 Bullinghope Belmont Abbey View   
B4024 Tillers Green Much Marcle 2.6 miles View
B4164 Whitchurch Symonds Yat 1.2 miles View
B4203 Bromyard Great Witley 12.3 miles View
B4204 Worcester Tenbury Wells 18.9 miles View
B4207 Worcester Hereford 22.6 miles View
B4214 Cleehill Ledbury 28.4 miles View
B4216 Ledbury Huntley 12.9 miles View
B4217 Great Malvern Chance's Pitch 4.2 miles View
B4218 Chance's Pitch Great Malvern 4.3 miles View
B4218 Bosbury Stony Cross 4.4 miles View
B4219 Storridge North Malvern 1.9 miles View
B4220 Bosbury Bromyard 10.2 miles View
B4221 Ross on Wye Newent 7.4 miles View
B4222 Lea Kilcot 3.9 miles View
B4224 Hereford Mitcheldean 18.5 miles View
B4225 Old Gore Old Gore (SW) 0.3 miles View
B4229 Old Forge Kerne Bridge 1.9 miles View
B4230 Portway Weobley 6.3 miles View
B4230 Old Forge Harewood End 5.1 miles View
B4232 Wynds Point Malvern Link Top 5.2 miles View
B4232 Monmouth King's Thorn 12.6 miles View
B4234 Ross-on-Wye Lydney 16.8 miles View
B4260 Hildersley Wilton 1.4 miles View
B4347 Vowchurch Rockfield 19.1 miles View
B4348 Hay on Wye Llandinabo 23.6 miles View
B4349 Kingstone (W) Belmont 4.4 miles View
B4350 Llyswen Whitney on Wye 11.5 miles View
B4352 Hardwicke Clehonger 14.7 miles View
B4352 Hereford Walford 22.2 miles View
B4353 Willersley Kington 6.1 miles View
B4354 Eardisley Leominster 12.8 miles View
B4355 Dolfor Kington 31.3 miles View
B4356 Presteigne Walton 5.0 miles View
B4359 Edgar Street Blue School Street/New Market Street 0.5 miles View
B4360 Cholstrey Kingsland 2.8 miles View
B4361 Ludlow bypass (N) Cadbury's roundabout, Marlbrook 16.5 miles View
B4362 Walton Woofferton 20.2 miles View
B4366 Bromfield Knighton 13.9 miles View
B4367 Brampton Bryan Long Meadowend 8.8 miles View
B4399 Holme Lacy Bridge Bullinghope 5.7 miles View
B4457 Stretford Bridge Golden Cross 1.0 mile View
B4521 Abergavenny Old Pike, Peterstow 18.9 miles View
B4528 Brimfieldcross Brimfield 0.6 miles View
B4529 Lawton Cross Baron's Cross 2.7 miles View
B4529 Shirl Heath Lawton Cross 0.4 miles View
B4530 Walford Adforton 0.8 miles View
B4553 Tenbury Wells Stockton 7.3 miles View     
T17 Newport Shrewsbury View
T43 Hungerford Hereford View
T78 Newport Worcester View


Primary Route
Non Primary Route
Former Motorway
Defunct Route
E Road
Future Motorway
Future Primary
Future Non Primary
Historical Route
Tourist Route
Roman Road
Unbuilt Motorway
Unbuilt Primary
Unbuilt Non Primary
National Cycle Network
Cycle Route
Eurovelo Cycle Route


Main Article: Herefordshire Turnpikes


Main Article: Junctions in Herefordshire

Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Crossings in Herefordshire

A40 • A44 • A49 • A417 • A438 • A449 • A456 • A465 • A466 • A480 • A4045 (Hereford) • A4103 • A4105 (Brimfield) • A4105 (Malvern) • A4110 • A4111 • A4112 • A4113 • A4137 • A4149 • A4152 • A4153 • A4154 (Ledbury - Ridgeway Cross) • A4172 • A4193 • A4194 • B4024 • B4164 • B4203 • B4204 • B4207 (Worcester - Hereford) • B4214 • B4216 • B4217 (Malvern) • B4218 • B4218 (Bosbury - Stony Cross) • B4219 • B4220 • B4221 • B4222 • B4224 • B4225 • B4229 • B4230 • B4230 (Ross) • B4232 • B4232 (Monmouth - Kings Thorn) • B4234 • B4260 • B4347 • B4348 • B4349 • B4350 • B4352 • B4352 (Hereford - Walford) • B4353 (Herefordshire) • B4354 (Herefordshire) • B4355 • B4356 (Presteigne - Walton) • B4359 • B4360 • B4361 • B4362 • B4366 (Bromfield - Knighton) • B4367 • B4399 • B4457 • B4521 • B4528 (Herefordshire) • B4529 • B4529 (Shirl Heath) • B4530 • B4553 (Tenbury Wells - Leominster) • Black and White Trail • Elgar Route • Herefordshire Cider Route • M50 • T17 (Britain) • T43 (Britain) • T78 (Britain) • Teme Valley Leisure Drive
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