Bideford is an attractive town on the west bank of the River Torridge, where the river begins to widen to form the estuary. The original road has a lovely old bridge crossing the Torridge linking the town of Bideford to its neighbouring village East the Water, this impressive, arched stone bridge was built in 1535.
Built on a hillside and described by Victorian novelist Charles Kingsley as that ‘little, white fishing village’ Appledore’s maze of narrow lanes are an attractive jumble of closely packed, brightly painted cottages, decorated with hanging baskets. Near the quay tiny whitewashed terraces face each other across cobbled courtyards, the former homes of fishermen, who depended on salmon, cod and bass for their livelihoods as well as cockles and mussels collected at low tide, and shipwrights, employed to build the schooners, ketches and barques that Appledore was famous for, many of which were to sail across the Atlantic to North America and beyond.
Westward ho Westward Ho! is a picturesque village with a quirky name, sat facing out towards the Atlantic Ocean on the North Devon coast. Born out of a development triggered by the book Westward Ho! written by Charles Kingsley in the mid 1800′s, it grew into a popular holiday destination and remains so today. website
Clovelly is a small village in the Torridge district of Devon, England. It has a harbour and is a tourist attraction notable for its steep pedestrianized cobbled main street, donkeys and views over the Bristol Channel. website