|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Kitterford Cross (SX690562)|
|Distance:||5.5 miles (8.9 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B3196 is a rural B-road in south Devon. It links the village of Loddiswell to the rest of the classified road network but takes longer than could be expected to achieve this.
The route starts on the A3121 at Kitterford Cross, about a mile south of the A38. We head south along a road just wide enough to class as S2 with tall hedges masking the view to either side. The road runs uphill and downhill as it goes over a number of ridges.
At California Cross, just after passing the petrol station, there's a badly signed left-fork TOTSO leading to the road's final summit, preceding a mile-or-so-long descent into Loddiswell. At the northern edge of the village the road narrows and we pass the 30 mph signs just before a minor road comes in from the left, this otherwise unnoteworthy junction marking the end of the B3196. The village centre lies ahead along an unclassified road.
The route of the B3196 was originally unclassified and got its number only in the late 1920s. Originally, it continued south for three more miles to reach Kingsbridge and the A379. However, at some date before 1996 (most probably during Devon's review of road classifications in 1991), the southern end was downgraded, leaving the B3196 as a long 'dead end',