Route 3

Route Closures /Diversions

  • Swing Bridge at Hayle - Works complete, please take care.
  • Halgavor Footbridge - During November 2015 this bridge over the A30 will be closed for 3 weeks. Banksmen will usher cyclists across and it is expected that a diversion will be signed.

Route Description

The route is fully open and signed, although improvements are still planned to create more traffic-free route options along the route.

The route is described here from Land's End to Bristol but is signed in both directions. 

The route is currently 338 miles long.

Route Sections

1. Land's End to Bude
National Route 3 in Cornwall is known as The Cornish Way. Starting or finishing at Land's End the route passes through Penzance, Hayle, Cambourne and Redruth. Near Truro the Cornish Way splits and National Route 3 forms the southern option crossing the River Fal on the King Harry Ferry and taking in Mevagissey, St. Austell, The Eden Project and Bodmin where the route options rejoin. Heading north the route passes Camelford and the edge of Bodmin Moor on the way to Bude.

Printed maps - This section of National Route 3 is covered on the Cornwall Cycle Map

2. Bude to Bridgwater
National Route 3 continues out of Bude towards Bristol as The West Country Way. Taking in large parts of the traffic-free Tarka Trail to Barnstaple the route then crosses Exmoor (with an optional detour via Tiverton and Tiverton Parkway) to Taunton and follows canal tow-paths to Bridgwater.  Barnstaple via Bridgwater to Bristol also forms part of EuroVelo 1.

Printed maps - This section of National Route 3 is covered on the Devon North and the Somerset Levels Cycle Map.

3. Bridgwater to Bristol
The route to Bristol crosses the Somerset Levels, Mendip Hills and the Chew Valley on mainly country roads to Bristol passing through Street, Glastonbury, Wells and Chew Magna.

Printed maps - This section of National Route 3 is covered by the Somerset Levels Cycle Map

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Connecting Land's End in Cornwall to Bristol via St. Austell, Bude, Barnstaple, Taunton and Wells.
Please Note: Closures on route, see below

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