|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||8.4 miles (13.5 km)|
|Meets:||unclassified, A3124, B3227|
|Route outline (key)|
The B3217 is a previously long 'B' class road in Devon which has been much curtailed. This road now runs for a mere eight and half miles from Dolton to Atherington but originally it ran north from Okehampton for some 25 miles or so to Chapelton. The long single-track section south of Dolton was downgraded in 2014 and a short section at the north end – between the B3227 at Atherington and the A377 south of Chapleton – was downgraded in 1997.
Originally the B3217 started on the A30 (now B3260) in the centre of Okehampton and headed north along North Street. In the 1990s the southern end of the B3217 moved slightly eastwards to start on the B3215 and head north along Link Road. There was a TOTSO where it rejoined its original route. On leaving Okehampton the road narrowed with the loss of its centre line.
The road continued north along the valley of the River Okement, crossing the A3072 after a few miles before entering the village of Exbourne, the first place of any size on the road. Continuing downstream the next village is Monkokehampton. Here the former B3217 becomes even narrower (and this was a classified road!) and climbs up out of the river valley to pass through Iddesleigh and Dowland to a crossroads where the road used to TOTSO right. The next village is Dolton. This is where the B3217 now starts on an unclassified road and where the road widens to become S2 for the first time on its historic route since leaving Okehampton. Soon afterwards the road meets a junction which looks like the love child of a fork and a T-junction where the B3217 turns half left, crossing the A3124.
Still S2, the B3217 zigzags across open country to Middlemoor Cross, where a right turn is signposted for Eaglescott Airfield. Continuing on, the road crosses the valley of a stream before going through High Bickington. A short distance later the road enters Atherington where it ends opposite the church on the B3227.
Originally the B3217 crossed this road at a staggered crossroads and continued for another mile or so to end on the A377 to the south of Chapelton. This road was declassified in 1997, possibly due to its narrowness (although it is not as bad as some sections of the road that remained classified long after, especially in the area of Iddesleigh).