|From:||Collan's Cross,Camelford (SX121853)|
|Via:||Delabole, St Minver|
|Distance:||16.1 miles (25.9 km)|
|Meets:||A39, B3266, B3263, B3267, A389, A39|
|Route outline (key)|
The B3314 is an alternative route to the A39 for traffic from north of Camelford to Wadebridge, running nearer to the coast. Though less direct than the A-road, it does offer an unofficial bypass of Camelford.
Collan's Cross – Wadebridge
Starting from a T-junction with the A39 a couple of miles north-east of Camelford, the route runs westwards, relatively straight at first, but some sharp bends and a drop are soon encountered in order to cross the River Camel at Slaughterbridge.
On a stream bed just off the road lies a sixth-century inscribed stone said to mark the spot where King Arthur met Mordred for the decisive battle of Camlann, which brought to an end the fellowship of the Round Table.
After the rise from the river Camel the Arthurian Centre is passed and the road reaches a slight staggered junction with the B3266. The junction is called Camelford Station and is named after the former station of the North Cornwall Railway which was situated on the right just before the junction but was a victim of the Beeching cuts. Turning left here will take you to the back of Camelford and you could re-join the A39 having missed the town centre.
Shortly after the junction is a turning on the right for the B3263 which heads towards Tintagel. The road then passes the large Delabole Wind Farm on the left before reaching Delabole itself. Although near to the coast, Delabole is a more industrial looking village and is famous for having Europe's deepest hole in the ground in the form of the Delabole Quarry where slate is extracted. The village actually only came into existence in the 20th century and is named after the quarry. There were originally three hamlets: Pengelly, Medrose and Rockhead. When the railway arrived, the station was named Delabole after the quarry, and the three hamlets merged in order to keep the name consistent and prevent confusion. As well as the 30 mph limit, progress is often hampered by vehicles unable to pass because of parking on the narrow streets.
Once Delabole and the 30 mph and then very short 40 mph sections are left behind, the road comes into its own. For the next 8 miles or so, the road is NSL and relatively straight, with only sweeping bends to attack. If you do come up to traffic there are a good number of places to pass. The only turnings of note are a left onto the B3267 which heads towards the parallel A39 and (a few miles further on) a right on to another branch of the B3267 towards Port Isaac.
After a turn for the coastal and surfing village of Polzeath, the road heads in a more southerly direction. Traffic levels are increased in this section and there are more bends requiring significant braking and at Trewornan Bridge, a single line, traffic light controlled crossing of the River Amble.
Following this, the road crosses high over the new A39 Wadebridge by-pass before coming to the former route of the A39 into Wadebridge itself. The road now turns left at a mini roundabout, up the hill eastbound and away from Wadebridge. It terminates after a mile or so at the roundabout junction of the A39 Wadebridge bypass and the new A389 Egloshayle bypass.
Until 1992, the road terminated at a T-junction on the A39 on the eastern hill down into Wadebridge. Following the re-routing of the A39 onto the Wadebridge bypass, the road has taken over the former A39 route back eastbound to the new bypass.