|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Ottery St Mary (SY098953)|
|To:||Patteson's Cross (SY093976)|
|Via:||Alfington, Fenny Bridges|
|Distance:||4.5 miles (7.2 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B3177 is a link road in east Devon connecting Ottery St Mary to the A30.
It starts in the centre of Ottery St Mary at the junction of Gold Street (which is our route) and Broad Street (the B3174 from Clyst Honiton). The first section of Gold Street is so narrow that, to forestall head-on meetings, a 40-metre-long stretch has been marked with a "box junction" criss-cross grid. A mini gyratory system then divides north- from southbound traffic until the two directions are re-united by the parish church.
The B3177 now climbs out of town for some 2 km before descending gradually to pass through the somewhat straggly village of Alfington. In another kilometre the road reaches a T-junction with the former route of the A30. This is where the B3177 originally ended; since the A30 was moved to its new, slightly more northerly alignment, however, the old course of the main road between Iron Bridge Junction (immediately east-north-east of this point) and Patteson's Cross Junction (some 2.5 km away west-south-westward) has been added to the itinerary of the B3177 – giving the whole route its present rather odd shape on the map.