Best Bideford Walks

Bideford Bridge

Walk 1 Town Trail (1.4 miles)


Bideford (originally 'By the ford') marks the lowest place to cross the river Torridge. It is famous for it's long bridge and the place where Kingsley Amis wrote most of his 'Westward Ho!' .

A town trail highlighting Bideford's rich history with some steps and a climb.

The Walk

A Statue of Charles Kingsley, author of Westward Ho

B The Quay ; Sir Richard Grenville played a major role in the transformation of Bideford from a small fishing port into a significant trading port with the new American colonies, later specializing in tobacco importation .

C Rose of Torridge, a listed building

D The Kings Arms

E Allhalland St , the original entrance to the town

F Town Hall

G St Mary’s Church & Graveyard

H Buttgarden St where tobacco used to be stored.

I Pannier Market, dating back to late 16th century.

J King St . Used to overlook the river.

K Cooper St, where barrels used to be made.


L Bridgeland St where wealthy merchants used to live.

M Willet St, where the potteries used to be.

N Rope Walk. Here rope was manufactured.

O Old Custom House,

 Walks near Bideford:
Enjoy short and easy walks along a dramatic coastline.
 Combe Martin
Exploring the highest point of the South West Coast Path.
Various popular Walks with superb coastal views.
Great walks hrough a landscape designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
pubThe Kings Arms , First In Last Out, The White Hart
parkingRiverbank Long Stay, Kingsley Road
addressSATNAV Car Park Postcode:EX39 2QS

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Bideford Town Trail

Walk 2 Bideford to Appledore (3.2 miles one way)



A delightful walk following mainly public footpaths. with lots of opportunities to explore the natural beauty of this region.

Check timetable for bus 21a from bideford.

Other options:

  • return the way you came
  • take the ferry to Instow and walk back to Bideford along the river following the well signed South West Coastal Path.
parkingRiverbank Long Stay, Kingsley Road
Point of InterestWhat to explore?
  • Appledore's picturesque maze of winding cobbled streets, adorned with pastel-colored houses, hanging baskets, and lobster pots
  • North Devon Maritime Museum:A must-visit museum that showcases the rich maritime history of the region
  • Hockings Dairy Cream Ices:Treat yourself to delicious ice cream, including the popular clotted cream flavor
  • Appledore Instow Ferry:Enjoy a scenic ferry ride between Appledore and Instow

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Bideford to Appledore Walk 2