A portrait of perfection
Looking to escape the stresses and strains of modern life? This is a blog not to be missed. Find out more about a beautiful village and sea port in North Devon which is seeped in Maritime history, with its cobbled streets and pastel painted cottages peacefully resting on the estuary of the Taw and Torridge.
Appledore, enthralled me, as its has done many others on my first visit. It feels as if time has stood still in this beautiful part of North Devon. Although many locals, will tell you how much it has changed, like most places over the years. But to me, coming from a more built up part of the country it has the magic and peacefulness of a quintessential English fishing village, of years gone by. From the friendliness of its inhabitants to the welcome of its local business owners. Everyone says good morning and makes you feel welcome. No rushing past, averting their gaze incase you are about to attack them and shop assistants actually wanting to serve you.
Lets take a quick dog walk around the village, We begin on Odun Terrace where we pass the Maritime Museum which offers visitors an interesting insight into the shipbuilding and seafaring history of the area. Follow the road along until the next turning on the right where you will find Bude Street.
Here you follow the road down to the quay ( photo at top) past the pretty cottages, a craft shop on the left and Appledore Book Shop on the right. Carry straight on and you will reach the Quay. All manner of things take place here. You may be able to see the old steam boat in the video below. Children and adults, crabbing and jumping of the wall into the river.
If you fancy a trip across to Instow, you can jump on the Instow – Appledore Ferry from the first slipway here. Carrying on along the Quay you will come to a larger slipway, where you can watch the gig rowers, canoes and various other water users, launch themselves into the river.
If you feel in need of a quick libation, you could spend a happy evening in The Champ -Meeting Street- Live music is held most nights and a warm welcome is assured.
Carry on through the car park, Irsha Street awaits you with its plethora of quaint cottages and interesting cobbled courts.
Follow this road to the end and you will come to the Lifeboat Station where your pooch can enjoy a swim from the slipway and you can enjoy the stunning view.
Appledore, is not just for Summer. Winter holds a different magic. Long bracing walks along windswept towpaths, Northam Burrows and the wide beach at Westward Ho! After all that exercise, enjoy a long lingering meal in one of the local pubs, whilst contemplating the flames of a roaring log fire. What’s not to like?