|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||7 miles (11.3 km)|
|Meets:||A3047, B3280, B3302|
|Route outline (key)|
The B3303 is a rural road in west Cornwall. Its route has remained the same since it was classified in 1922 and it forms part of the route to Helston from Camborne and the A30 for those who want to avoid Truro on the A39 and Redruth on the B3297, both of which can get very congested.
Camborne – Crowntown
The B3303 leads directly from the A3047 (ex-A30) heading west in the town of Camborne. The next part of the A3047 through the centre of Camborne has been made one-way from the other direction and so this junction has been remodelled so the through route is via our road. Camborne has a very industrial heritage and the small terraced houses open onto a very small pavement. The road along here is normally quite congested, bearing in mind that it takes all of the westbound traffic for the A3047 at this point, and cars are often parked on the road.
A couple of pelican crossings are passed and a double mini-roundabout is reached, where traffic turns off for the villages of Beacon and Troon, as well as Camborne town centre. This followed by another mini-roundabout outside Camborne Police Station. The remains of the A3047 traffic leaves us here and we head straight across the roundabout. As we head out towards the fringes of Camborne, we go over the main rail line. The houses become grander along the road before becoming suburban and then disappearing altogether as Camborne ends. A National Speed Limit sign greets us.
The following section down hill is quite wide and fast, if a bit twisty. Pendarves is no more than a couple of large houses, but there is a pub/restaurant called the Old Shire Inn. The road then winds through the Cornish countryside under the trees, but when you know the road it becomes very fast and good fun, although tractors and tourists quite often destroy any good run in the summer. We pass just an occasional house or ruined tin mine as we head back uphill and along a few S-Bends, where a new 40 limit has been placed, before descending into Praze-an-Beeble. This is the next settlement and is a moderately sized village. It has a 30 mph limit and in the middle of the village is a simple crossroads with the B3280. We have the priority at the junction, and care must be given as traffic from the westbound B3280 is difficult to see until the last second.
Back up the hill at the south of the village we return to NSL before passing the entrances to a country club and then a large country estate. Then it's back to open countryside and plenty of bends under more trees. This is again quite an nice road, but is normally ruined by large lorries steaming around the corners. This road was definitely not designed for them!
At the bottom of a dip is a turning for Crowan and we head back uphill to the turning for a local plant hire business. We pass a few more farms and the road loses its centre lines briefly before another S-bend. This road would make quite a good road rally stage! We go over yet another hill and immediately at the bottom the road goes through yet more S-bends up to the next village.
The smaller village of Nancegollan is reached and that has to make do with a 30 mph limit. Another crossroads is passed, which has five roads in the whole junction but with one terminating at a fork immediately before the junction on the road heading west of the crossroads. South of this is one of the straighter sections en route. We return to 40 mph and descend yet another hill!
Back up the other side, the turning for Helston Railway and the former Trevarno Gardens is followed by another 30 limit and another smallish settlement at Crowntown. Another pub is passed, this time the Crown Inn, which houses the local Post Office. We descend down a small hill (and the last before the end of the route) and at the bottom the limit drops to 20 mph to pass a local primary school. Recent work has placed speed bumps and a build out, meaning traffic in our direction has to give way. Double yellow lines also mark the sides of the road. Just south of the school the route terminates on the B3302 at a fork junction, which can be quite dangerous and should probably be replaced by a mini roundabout, but never mind!