|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||10.7 miles (17.2 km)|
|Meets:||B3300, A30, B3302, A30, A3074|
|Route outline (key)|
The B3301 is a coastal road in west Cornwall.
The B3301 begins from the former narrow port and now seaside village of Portreath. It flows directly from the B3300 at The Square as that road simply gives up (although to be fair it has reached the coast). Right by the harbour, it follows a stream towards the beach area, before crossing said stream, going round a hairpin and then climbing away from the coast on Tregea Hill. Passengers and those coming from the other direction can enjoy a splendid view of the village and ocean as the road climbs.
At the top of the long hill, the road follows the coastal plateau a field or so away from the cliffs. Former manor house Tehidy has been turned into a country park and there is a place to park for this on the left. There are also places to stop on the right to facilitate access to National Trail the South West Coast Path. Further on the road gets very much closer to the cliffs - a matter of yards away. The fearsome sounding Hell's Mouth Café is passed (named after the cove opposite) and then as the road starts to descend, a view of St. Ives Bay opens up ahead. As it crosses the Red River at the bottom there is a turn on the right for the National-Trust-held coastal land and views to the lighthouse at Godrevy.
The crossing of the Red River itself is on a narrow, single-lane bridge. The road then negotiates a large area of grass covered dunes (or Towans in Cornish) before reaching the village of Gwithian and a 30 mph limit. After the village is left behind it's more dunes and several holiday parks. Then it's back to the 30 mph limit as there is a bungalow overspill from the town of Hayle which is near. A double mini-roundabout system is reached. Until 1985 this was the end of the road at a simple crossroads at the junction with the A30. In 1985 the A30 got a bypass of Hayle and the B3301 took over the old route. Turning left (now a spur of the B3301) takes us in a couple of hundred yards to the massive Loggans Moor Roundabout which is where the Hayle bypass starts. Turning right we go into the town of Hayle, which is a former major port on an estuary which served the tin mining industry. It fell into disuse and is now trying to re-invent itself as a holiday destination.
Although the A30 has gone, the town is quite busy and has pedestrian crossings. Going will be slow. The road passes under the railway viaduct and there is then a mini-roundabout junction with the B3302. Forking right, the road goes under the viaduct for a second time. The town is left behind and the NSL reached. The road hugs the estuary wall and then reaches a quarter-mile dual carriageway, which is a remnant of the A30 days.
The B3301 then has two endings. Straight on continues to the roundabout at the end of the Hayle bypass at which the A30 and the A3074 also meet. Turning right across the dual carriageway, the Old Quay House pub is passed before a short verdant stretch leads to a mini-roundabout junction with the A3074 slightly nearer St Ives.