|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Crousa Common (SW773198)|
|Distance:||1.4 miles (2.3 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B3294 is a short road on the Lizard Peninsula that links the B3293 with Coverack.
It starts as a right fork from the B3293 on Crousa Common. A Geograph picture refers to this as Five Ways Junction but only four ways seem to have existed at least for the last 100 years. The route number is marked and gives a destination of “Coverack 1½”. It's also marked with a brown sign for Roskilly’s Ice Cream and one can visit the farm there.
Initially straight, there is a bend for the turning for Roskilly’s. Then straightening again the road soon reaches the outskirts of Coverack and a 30 mph limit is enforced. There is a warning of a 17% descent and there are several bends on this hill. As the last bend is passed a splendid vista of the sea opens up with Coverack Harbour beyond. There are parking facilities on the right as there are limited spaces in the village itself.
At this point the B3294 is immediately above the beach and the road narrows. A sign suggests the route is unsuitable for caravans or long vehicles. It passes some picture-postcard-type thatched cottages in the village before terminating at the entrance to the small harbour. Stop here also for a drink at the Paris Hotel.
Save for a few extra houses that have appeared on the edge of Coverack in more recent times, the road, its route and its junctions appear to be completely unchanged since the original numbering in 1922.
Regrettably, the road has been severed twice in the period 2014 to 2017. The winter storms of 2014 brought a strong south easterly gale and the large waves caused the partial collapse of the sea wall in Coverack, upon the top of which, the road is situated. This closure lasted until the spring half-term holiday 2014. Then, on the afternoon of 18 July 2017, a three-hour-long intense thunderstorm dropped an estimated 100 mm of rain and hail on the village of Coverack and its catchment area. Waters raced down the road bringing boulders, rocks and household debris, peeling back the surface,C and damaging the road's foundations as well as many properties in the village. The County Council-owned company CORMAC started work on clearing debris from the road on 19 July and an assessment of the damage began the next day. Cornwall Council estimated that the repairs would take weeks if not months, but this actually proved to be overly pessimistic. Teams from CORMAC worked around the clock and the road re-opened at 2pm on Monday 24 July.