Bideford Town North Devon
Bideford Town and Quay
Bideford Town North Devon you will get a real sense of history from a visit to Bideford. I would travel either by cycle from here along the Tarka Trail for a take it all in journey or by car taking the Fremmington route and the old long bridge into Bideford. A 24 arch bridge dating back to 1500’s leads you to some grand buildings ahead, a reminder of the wealth that once existed from trade and cod fishing. Colourful houses stack the steep streets in rows behind. Turn right at the end of the bridge and drive the full length of the Quay that once was the 3rd largest port in the country and still has an imposing feel. On your left you will pass many shops and streets rising in the back ground with quaint little book shops and cafes. A Pannier market still exists selling local produce. Head for the Riverbank car park, Victoria Park with toilet facilities and gardens and Hockings ice cream van. The Burton Art Gallery and Museum are also in the park.
The Burton Art Gallery
Bideford Town North Devon is worth a look at the history before heading off into the town and entrance is free. Also exhibitions from local artists and potters. Have a cup of coffee and some great tasty food at the Cafe Du Parc. The Valentine menu is looking yummy and romantic with piano player. Friday 10 th if anyone out there is at a loose end ! Otherwise the soup or the croque monsieur is a great light lunch.
The Bideford Quay
The tree lined quay is a nice stroll still busy with fishing vessels and pleasure boats. Would highly recommend a trip to Lundy Island.
Bideford Shopping Centre
After walking along the quay to the old long bridge, it is time to head into the pretty narrow streets and alleyways to look around antique shops and local crafts, boutiques and small outlets selling quality produce.
Bideford is a relaxing shopping experience so would also consider taking the bus from outside Braunton to be sure you are not watching the clock in case the parking ticket is running out. You have only 15 minutes to wait for another bus.