|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||13.6 miles (21.9 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
Rather narrow and bendy in places, this coastal B road in Cornwall nevertheless has to deal with quite high traffic volumes in the holiday season, as it forms the shortest route between Padstow and Newquay and the seaside villages in between. With the exception of part of the route through Padstow, B3277, the road was originally unclassified and only gained the B3276 number around 1930.
The road does a curious little dance with the A389 in Padstow, starting at a couple of places on that road. It has a T-junction with the A389 at SW909746 on the outer edge of town and it also starts from that road at SW916751, goes along narrow roads around the back of Padstow harbour and comes out again at a side road to terminate the A389 at SW912753 on the route into town from the west. The second branch then reaches the first at a crossroads, with the fourth arm unclassified.
Proceeding west from Padstow, the road winds through a hamlet or two before reaching the edge of Trevone, where there is a short 30 mph limit.
Saint Merryn is the next settlement. The church and a pub (the Cornish Arms) are set before the village itself and have a narrow section with a couple of sharp bends and a quick rise in the road. The main part of the village has the 30 mph limit ahead and there is a crossroads with priority for this route with a garage and post office on two of the corners.
Further narrows and bends follow before another 30mph limit for a part of Carnevas/Porthcothan. At the latter of these the road passes right behind the beach and across a single-track bridge.
After climbing from a valley, the road reaches the clifftop and is rather straighter and wider as it passes Bedruthan Steps, which is a local beauty spot with a very steep staircase down to the shoreline. There are also two rival car parks, the second being operated by the National Trust.
The road narrows again as it drops down into Trenance with a 30mph limit and this continues as the road drops again to sea level at the adjoining Morgan Porth. Again the road goes round the back of the beach and over a single-track bridge. The other direction has priority here. A hairpin bend and upward climb follow and the 30mph limit continues into Trevarrian. Here the road takes a rather circuitous route inland towards the end of the runway at Newquay Airport and then into Tregurrian with another 30mph limit. The road then drops down into Watergate Bay. There is a straighter shortcut (signposted to Newquay) which follows nearer the coast and re-joins this route at the bay.
The road climbs the cliff again, gets its NSL back and passes the end of another part of the airfield. There is another 30mph limit at Whipsiderry and the road drops down a final time to sea level and goes around the back of Porth beach. There is a final climb to clifftop level before the road terminates in the Newquay suburbs at a double mini-roundabout on the A3058.