|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Bovey Tracey (SX811782)|
|To:||Chudleigh bypass (NE) (SX881814)|
|Via:||Chudleigh Knighton, Chudleigh|
|Distance:||6.5 miles (10.5 km)|
|Meets:||A382, B3387, A38, B3193, A38|
|Former Number(s):||B3194, A38|
|Old route now:||B3387|
|Route outline (key)|
The B3344 is a fairly short B-road on the edge of Dartmoor.
The route starts at a roundabout on the A382 Bovey Tracey bypass, where it also meets the B3387, and heads east into town. After crossing the River Bovey by the mill the road TOTSOs right at a crossroads and we follow a modern relief road skirting the edge of town and soon reach open country. A rural road, often lined with trees, is followed and we soon reach Chudleigh Knighton and a T-junction.
A spur of the B3344 turns right and presently TOTSOs left to reach a west-facing half-diamond GSJ on the A38. Meanwhile the mainline turns left to reenter open country and reach a triangular junction on the B3193. We have to TOTSO left here although our road is the dominant number in the multiplex.
After passing a caravan park the B3193 turns left to end the multiplex. We then go over the River Teign and cross the A38 at a full-access GSJ. This junction is called Chudleigh Station as the A38 is built here on the old railway line (an inland route from Exeter to Newton Abbot), although no trace of a station remains. On the far side we soon reach Chudleigh.
The road runs through the centre of town along Fore Street and leaves along New Exeter Street. Open country is reached once more and presently the road ends by merging into an east-facing GSJ on the A38.
The B3344 came into being in the mid-1920s but covered none of the above. Originally the road started on the B3212 at Beetor Cross, then headed southeastwards via Manaton to end on the A382 at Bovey Tracey. At that time the road to Chudleigh Knighton was numbered B3194 and the A38 followed its pre-bypass route into Chudleigh.
In 1935 the B3344 took over the B3194 (after a short multiplex along the A382, part of which which gained the B3344 number when the bypass was built. The bypassed section of the A38 also became part of the B3344, giving the road a short spur. The original section of the road was declassified around 1991 although a short section of this is the B3387]