|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||St Teath (SX071806)|
|To:||Port Isaac (SW998810)|
|Distance:||7.5 miles (12.1 km)|
|Meets:||A39, B3314, unclassified|
|Route outline (key)|
The B3267 is a road of two parts in north Cornwall.
The route starts from a tricky turn on the A39 just after it crosses the River Allen at Knightsmill Bridge, near St Teath. Climbing away from the river it passes a couple of houses and then trees before reaching the village of St Teath itself with a 30mph limit (extended at either end of the village). According to the village sign it won "Cornwall's most caring village 2006" in a local radio competition. Ignoring such epithet, it is actually rather pleasant with a village stores, stone and slate built houses, a pub, church and local school all present. It's too narrow for a pavement or a centre line though.
Out of the older part of the village is a later-built area which is not so aesthetically pleasing, after which then the houses thin out and leave the route with a more rural outlook once again. The road continues to be narrow and continues climbing until it reaches the B3314. Now it either multiplexes with the B3314 for nearly four miles or it is actually built in two parts. The author will let the reader decide which.
The B3267 branches out again at a right turn marked for Port Isaac and Port Gaverne. The road is wider in this section but no less bendy. It traverses rural farmland before reaching the hamlet of Trewetha. This is left behind quickly and the road starts to drop down to Port Isaac. There is a rather splendid view of the Atlantic ahead at this point. The village signs are passed with another 30mph limit and the route travels along the newer part of the village which sits above the old. The older part near the harbour is much too narrow to take this though route, its being built for travel on horse or donkey. One of its streets is apparently Britain's narrowest, the appropriately named "Squeeze Belly Alley". The village is also now teeming with tourists looking for the fictional Portwenn from the Doc Martin TV show, which was filmed here. The route just gives up at a bend and turns into an unclassified road to take travellers to the village car park and Port Gaverne.
All of the above was unclassified in 1922 but the road had gained its number by 1932. However, although it had more-or-less the same endpoints the route between the two was quite different yet more direct. From St Teath the road headed west via Port Isaac Road station to Pendoggett. There was a short multiplex from here along the B3314 (except for prior to 1935 when that road did not exist) after which the B3267 followed its present route into Port Isaac ending by the harbour.
The road was given its present route around 1990, presumably to avoid the steep hills between St Teath and Pendoggett. Given that the multiplex along the B3314 is now longer than the B3267 itself the road no longer looks like a through route.