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Wheddon Cross

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Wheddon Cross
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Location
Cutcombe, Exmoor
County
Somerset
Highway Authority
Somerset
Junction Type
Crossroads
Roads Joined
A396, B3224
Junctions related to the B3224
The A396 at Wheddon Cross

Wheddon Cross lies at the junction of the A396 and B3224, and also at the point where the Brendon Hills become Exmoor, or vice-versa! It is an ancient crossroads, probably dating back to prehistory when the B3224 route would have been a simple ridgeway crossing the northern edge of the hills. Over the years, the importance of Wheddon Cross has grown so much that while Wheddon Cross correctly lies in the village of Cutcombe, few people have ever head of Cutcombe, while Wheddon Cross is a name synonymous with Exmoor and the great roads that criss cross it.

The junction itself is very tight, with alternative routes signed for lorries that have any intention of transferring between the A396 and B3224. Houses pen the roads in on all sides, meaning that while the A396 just about maintains its two way status, the B3224 is definitely single track on both sides of the junction. This also makes it very difficult for traffic on the B3224 to proceed, having to edge out from the narrow side street to be able to see if the main route is clear.

In the south west corner of the junction, behind the inn, is a car park which is a welcome stopping point for many travellers on Exmoor, offering toilets and information panels. In the summer months it is common to see car clubs and rallys pausing here as they enjoy the roads of Exmoor.

Routes

Route To Notes

A396

Dulverton, Bampton, Tiverton

A396

Minehead, Dunster

B3224

Exford, Dunkery Beacon, Simonsbath

B3224

Taunton, Raleighs Cross





Wheddon Cross
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Other nearby roads
Exmoor
A39 • A396 • A399 • B3188 • B3189 • B3190 • B3191 • B3222 • B3223 • B3224 • B3225 • B3227 • B3234 • B3358 • Porlock Toll Road • Worthy Toll Road

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