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|From:||Nine Maidens Downs, Cornwall (SW682374)|
|To:||Marazion By Pass, Cornwall (SW535306)|
|Length:||11.3 miles (18.2 km)|
|Meets:||B3297, B3303, B3302, A394|
Route :Nine Maiden Downs - Marazion Bypass
The B3280 starts from a junction with the B3297 at Nine Maidens Downs, a rural area south of Redruth/Camborne.
It is rather narrow, being too thin for a centre line and has lots of bends. It has the feel of a country lane and speeds will be correspondingly slow. After meandering through the countryside it has a rather circuitous passing of the Cargenwen Reservoir. At the approach to the village of Praze-an-Beeble is a primary school with a 30mph speed limit for protection. In the centre of the village is a crossroads with the other route being the B3303. That route has priority and from this direction there is a stop sign because of limited visibility on the approach.
Across the junction that road is somewhat wider, having a centre line and more of a B road “feel”. Leedstown is the next village and another crossroads and another stop sign for this direction. This time it crosses the B3302. Across the junction the 30mph speed limit is extended for a school. It’s then into open country again before the village of Townshend and another 30mph limit. That is spread along this road further than the other villages passed. A 40mph limit extends from the outer reaches of the village to the rural area ahead and continues. At Relubbus it’s back down to a 30mph limit, up to 40mph and then Goldsithney with another 30mph limit.
The route did not exist in the 1922 numberings and was created later, probably in 1935. The first part of the route certainly has the feel of country lanes cobbled together.