Road Maps

Finding your way in the UK

The UK’s roads are designated by letters that define the type of road, followed by a route number. Motorways (coloured blue on maps) have the prefix ‘M’ followed by a low number such as M1, M2, M3 or M25.

Trunk roads link principal towns and cities, as well as taking in more remote parts of the country. They’re coloured red on maps and have the prefix ‘A’, e.g. A1 or A2. The higher the number, the more minor the trunk road. Minor or secondary roads, many of which are prefixed with the letter ‘B’, link small towns and villages, and are coloured brown or yellow on maps. In Wales, town and route signs are in English and Welsh. There are a vast number of road maps available, from local town maps to road atlases for the whole of the British Isles. The following road maps are among the best available:

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