|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Newbridge (W) (SW406318)|
|Distance:||3.2 miles (5.1 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B3318 is a short road in West Cornwall which, unusually for this vicinity, is wide, straightish and, for the first mile, very level.
It starts as a fork junction from the A3071 to the west of Newbridge. The ancient field boundaries and moorland of Penwith are nicely on display here and (if you are in a bus or a truck) there is an immediate glimpse of the sea ahead. There's only the odd isolated farmhouse for company in the first mile until you come to a left turn marked for Trewellard. That is another branch of the B3318 (numbered B3319 until 1935).
Continuing on the mainline and the sea now fills the forward view. The road starts to descend and on the right are some surface workings and a couple of engine houses of disused tin mines. A 30 mph limit starts at the Pendeen village sign and almost immediately the road ends at a stop sign. Left is the B3306 for St Just and right is the same road for St Ives, Zennor and Morvah. Straight across the crossroads is the unclassified road to Pendeen Watch lighthouse. Given the usual speed of the traffic, you should spend no more than three minutes on the whole of this through route.
Back to the left hand turn for the other branch of the road. That follows a more level, but twistier route before it too descends. This is Trewellard Hill which, unsurprisingly, leads to the village of Trewellard. That village extends slightly along this road and the 30 mph limit starts a quarter-mile before the end. The former tin miners' cottages and small houses make up the last of this route before it also hits the B3306 at a t-junction. On this branch you must guess where you are going, as there are no direction or route signs at the junction of the B3306 and B3318 at all.