|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Bideford Bypass (SS436275)|
|Distance:||2.6 miles (4.2 km)|
|Old route now:||A386|
|Route outline (key)|
The B3236 is an L-shaped road in north Devon.
The road starts at a junction with the A386, which heads off to Bideford in one direction and Appledore in the other. It heads straight along the Northam bypass before sweeping downhill joining the old alignment and heading towards Westward Ho! with spectacular views across Bideford Bay. In the village centre, the road forms a one-way system, after which it goes around a hairpin bend and goes up the steep Stanwell Hill. It is then intermittent S2 and S1 before ending at a T-junction on the A39 Bideford bypass.
Originally the B3236 started on the B3234 in the centre of Northam. That road disappeared early on when the A386 was extended to Northam and so the B3236 took over the rest of its route - and beyond - to end on the Quay at Appledore. This extension is now also part of the A386.
In Northam the B3236 used to go along Fore Street, The Square, Tower Street and Lakenham Street. There are even signs at the junction of Lenards Road that still indicate this.
At the western end of the road the B3236 used to continue along to Abbotsham, where it ended on the A39, but this section was downgraded when the parallel Bideford bypass opened. Along this route, most of the pre-bypass signage remains.