Monday 4 June 2012


Bideford is a working port alongside the tidal River Torridge and Torridge estuary. It is also a market town. The cargo ships and fishing boats are in evidence and at low tide half submerged or abandoned craft can be seen along the banks.

The two bridges shown here cannot fail to be noticed by visitors to Bideford. Whilst the river can look quite depressing and muddy at certain times this is a picturesque town with a thriving business community as well as being a resort visited by tourists throughout the year.

Bideford is in North Devon. The Author Charles Kingsley wrote his novel Westward Ho at Bideford. Whilst Bideford is now easily missed due to the new bridge crossing the Torridge, it is still worth a good look around and has a good number of interesting side streets and local traders plying their wares from small shops.

In the 16th century Bideford was Britain's third largest port. Trips to the nearby Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel leave from Bideford and tourists can take a fishing trip from the port. The Pannier Market is on Tuesdays and Saturdays all year round and is a covered market. There is also an open air market on Wednesdays but this is in the Summer only.

For photographs of Bideford click here

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