|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Harraton Cross, Modbury (SX671506)|
|Distance:||5 miles (8 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B3392 is a rural B-road connecting the A379 South Devon "coast" road with the sea. As such it only meets the one classified road. The road is winding and quite narrow, being single-track for some distance. Although certainly picturesque, it is not suited to the amount of traffic it sees in Summer. The road was originally unclassified and gained its number in the mid-1930s.
The B3392 turns off the A379 at Harraton Cross, just over a mile east of Modbury. Its main destination at this junction is Bigbury (meaning Bigbury-on-Sea rather than the inland village of Bigbury). Just over a mile later the road comes to Seven Stones Cross, where it bends to the left.
Soon afterwards, the B3392 passes a covered reservoir to the west and enters the village of St Ann's Chapel. The chapel here is now incorporated into the pub which is at the crossroads opposite the post office. Furthermore, road signs here now differentiate Bigbury from Bigbury-on-Sea. The road comes to the former about half a mile further on. Bigbury Court, with its ancient dovecote, is passed first of all. The village church lies on the other side and away from the village centre. After passing the village pub and shop (which is also village garage and obviously a disused petrol station), the B3392 bears left at what appears to be the village green. One of the roads around the green is even one-way, unusually for such a small place. Carrying straight on in Bigbury would eventually lead to the same destination as the longer route taken by the B3392. There seems no specific reason why the B3392 does take this longer route apart from the fact that the B-road is wider and slightly flatter.
After leaving Bigbury behind, the sea can be glimpsed for the first time, although not in the direction immediately obvious. The B3392 zigzags around two sides of Bigbury Golf Links before zigzagging again when it reaches the clubhouse. The road is now, for the first time, heading towards the sea.
The B3392 rejoins its "detour" from Bigbury at Tapfield Cross. Soon afterwards the coast becomes obvious and, at about the time Mount Folly Farm is passed to the left, Burgh Island comes into view. The village of Bigbury-on-Sea is entered at this point. The road descends Folly Hill (with houses on the sea side only) into the centre of the village. Folly Hill becomes Marine Drive by pedestrian access to the beach.
It is not immediately obvious where the B3392 ends. Logic, agreeing with the OS map, suggests that the road ends at the entrance to the car park about 100 yards later. However, Marine Drive continues onwards, marked as "Village only" on the road sign. Other maps are less clear - but certainly there is nowhere for the road to go apart from the village centre.