|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Nine Maidens Downs(N) (SW681374)|
|To:||Marazion bypass(E) (SW534305)|
|Distance:||11.3 miles (18.2 km)|
|Meets:||B3297, B3303, B3302, A394|
|Route outline (key)|
Today's B3280 was not included in the 1922 road classification scheme; the route was created later, probably in 1935, when previously unclassified roads were given Class II status. The first part of its itinerary certainly has the feel of country lanes cobbled together.
Starting from a junction with the B3297 at Nine Maidens Downs, a rural area south of Redruth / Camborne, the B3280 is rather narrow (too narrow to have a centre line) and has lots of bends. It has the feel of a country lane and speeds are correspondingly slow. After meandering through the countryside there is a rather circuitous passing of the Cargenwen Reservoir.
At the approach to the village of Praze-an-Beeble is a primary school, with a 30 mph speed limit for protection. In the centre of the village the route crosses the B3303. The latter road has priority and westbound on the B3280 there is a stop sign because of limited visibility on the approach to the junction. Beyond the crossroads the B3280 becomes a little wider, and gains a centre line and more of a B road "feel". Leedstown is the next village, with another crossroads and another stop sign for this direction. This time the intersection is with the B3302. Across the junction the 30 mph speed limit is extended past a school.
It's then into open country again before the village of Townshend and another 30 mph limit, which extends further here than in the other villages passed. From the outer reaches of the village and into the rural area ahead the limit is 40 mph. At Relubbus it's back down to 30 mph, followed by 40 mph and then 30mph again upon entering Goldsithney.
After leaving that village we enter the national speed limit and a relatively straight section to the conclusion of our route at a roundabout junction with the A394, marking the start of the Marazion and Longrock bypass.