|Distance:||204 miles (328.3 km)|
|Meets:||A4, B3116, A368, B3115, B3355, A37, B3114, B3135, B3139, A371, B3151, A361, B3141, M5, A38, B3339, B3191, A358, B3190, A396, B3225, B3234, B3223, A399, B3229, B3230, B3149, A3125, B3138, A361, B3232, B3233, A386, B3236, B3237, B3248, B3254, A3072, A3073, B3263, B3262, A395, B3314, B3266, B3267, A389, B3274, A3059, A392, A30, B3279, A390, B3284, B3289, A393, B3292, A394|
|Former Number(s):||A368, A369, A3076|
|Old route now:||B3275, A390|
|Route outline (key)|
The A39 is one of the longest routes in South West England, stretching from Bath in Somerset to Falmouth in Cornwall. Along the way, it passes some famous historical places - Wells and Glastonbury - tours genteelly along the Somerset, Devon and Cornish Coasts, before skirting to the north of Bodmin Moor and crossing the county to the historic port of Falmouth on the southern shore.
Work to create more in depth route descriptions for sections of the A39 is now underway as follows:
- A39/Bath - Wells
- A39/Wells - Bridgwater
- A39/Bridgwater - Williton
- A39/Williton - Porlock
- A39/Porlock - Lynton
- A39/Lynton - Barnstaple
- A39/Barnstaple - Bideford
- A39/Bideford - Bude
- A39/Bude - Camelford
- A39/Camelford - Indian Queens
- A39/Carland Cross - Falmouth
While the A39 has been extended to the north of its original route, and has been re-routed to the south, the central section has remained largely the same, albeit with a few bypasses and realignments. Much of the route, as with so many other A roads in the South West, follows old Turnpike roads, and in places even Roman Roads.
Notable locations along the route
The old Bridge in Bideford now lies on the B3233, while the A39 passes the historic town on a huge modern bridge, soaring high over the river.
- The A39 Trunk Road (Portmore Roundabout to the Devon/Cornwall County Boundary) (Detrunking) Order 2002 - This order is the second of two which removes trunk status from the A39 following the 1998 consultation A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England
- The A39 Trunk Road (Devon/Cornwall County Boundary to Indian Queens Cornwall) (Detrunking) Order 2002 - This order is the first of two which removes trunk status from the A39 following the 1998 consultation A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England