|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Collaton St Mary (SX871600)|
|To:||South Brent (SX719608)|
|Distance:||10.8 miles (17.4 km)|
|Meets:||A3022, A380, A381, A384, A38|
|Former Number(s):||A384, B3372|
|Old route now:||A3022|
|Route outline (key)|
The A385 is one of the two primary roads serving Torbay.
Collaton St Mary - South Brent
The road starts about a mile outside Paignton at a set of traffic lights with the A380 and A3022. It quickly leaves the urban area to head up into the countryside, where there are an abundance of camping and caravanning sites. It's quite a twisty road with plenty of turns and hills as it descends into Totnes, perhaps rivalled only by Glastonbury as a centre for New Age hippy culture. (Apparently.)
From here, the A385 carries on rambling through the countryside, though closely following the main Exeter - Plymouth railway line. Suddenly, as we turn another corner, we come across the A38 Devon Expressway, where the A385 unexpectedly terminates just outside South Brent.
West of Totnes, the A385 originally followed the straight road south of the railway line via Avonwick, to meet the A38 south of South Brent. For some reason, it was later rerouted along the B3372 and the old route declassified.
Original Author(s): Ritchie Swann