Bideford lies on the banks of the Torridge estuary. This pleasant market town makes a great base for exploring the area being local to the rugged north Devon coastline and close to inland
Crossing the famous Long Bridge into Bideford from its neighbour "East the Water" the view across the water to this ancient port and market town should not be missed. Bideford has many modern shops and amenities, as well as a range of restaurants and cafes catering for a range of tastes and budgets.
There are also a number of specialist shops selling local arts and crafts. The Bideford Pannier Market is on Tuesdays and Saturdays and is popular with visitors. The restored new quay still retains its old character yet houses lots of shopping, pubs and restaurants and night spots.
From the quay, amongst the boats moored is HMS Oldenburg, a container vessel and also a passenger ferry with regular trips to Lundy island - For further information go to the Lundy Office on the Quay. If you want to learn about Bideford and its historical past visit the Burton Art Gallery and Museum.
Heading West of Bideford, Atlantic village on the A39 has attracted many new retailers and is great for shopping. The area is popular with walkers and the breathtaking cliffs and coves provide ample opportunity for great swimming, surfing and walking. The nearby villages of Clovelly and fishing town of Appledore are also worth a visit.
Literary novelist Charles Kingsley who wrote Westward Ho! once described Bideford as "The Little White Town which slopes upward from its broad river tide".