|Location Map ( geo)|
|Off set Crossroads|
|Junctions related to the A399|
Blackmoor Gate is known as the western gateway to Exmoor National Park. It has long been a crossing of tracks – an ancient ridgeway following the former moorland ridge from the heights of Exmoor down to the sea at Mortehoe. The road from Lynton to Barnstaple crosses here at a low point of the ridge, as did the former Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. The former station is now 'The Old Station Inn' - a licenced restaurant. It is now the crossing point between the A39 and the A399. The A39 currently form the TOTSO's.
Whilst historically this junction was a crossroads, with the coming of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, it got twisted a bit as the railway passed diagonally through the centre of the junction, forcing the creation of a slightly staggered crossroads. In all probability this was to save money on a second bridge! Despite the demise of the railway many years ago, the stagger seems to have been accentuated since the removal of the bridge, probably in order to reduce potential accidents, when a roundabout is not really needed. Indeed, the A39 was originally the through route; this was changed when the road to the south, formerly the B3226, was upgraded.
|Lynton, Lynmouth, Lynton Cliff Railway, Exmoor|
|South Molton (B3226), Simonsbath (B3358)|
|Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Woolacombe (B3343)|