Walk - Torridge Ships & Shipbuilding
3.0 miles (4.8 km)
Bideford Quay - EX39 2HW Bideford Quay
Easy - Quiet streets and lanes, and footpaths that may be wet or muddy, on mostly level ground.
Leaving from Bideford Quay, stroll along the shoreline of the River Torridge to the delightful fishing village at Appledore, where the North Devon Maritime Museum offers some fascinating insights into the rich shipbuilding and seafaring history of the area. After passing some elegant riverside houses with private moorings, there are glimpses through the trees of the ribs and hulls of boats and barges in all states of preservation from brand new to rotten. As you reach Appledore you pass the still-thriving shipyard, with a long history of building vessels from container ships and superyachts to tall ships and ferries. Allow time for a Hockings ice cream on the seafront and a browse through the tiny streets of fishermen's cottages before taking the bus back to Bideford.