Where the Taw and Torridge rivers meet, sits the delightful quayside village of Appledore. Full of maritime history, it is a historic fishing village with winding narrow streets and cute pastel-coloured houses. The village is built on a tradition of fishing and boat building which continues today.
Appledore was an important shipbuilding centre for the region, with the village’s large indoor shipyard continuing to be a source of employment for residents today. Because of its maritime history, the village is home to the North Devon Maritime Museum. It showcases a wide range of exhibits detailing Appledore’s history as well as the wider maritime history of North Devon.
Appledore is a favourite location for locals and visitors and has been since the Victorian times. The village first gained fame after being featured in a novel by Charles Kingsley, where it was described as “a little white fishing village”. You can spend a few hours wandering through the historic cobbled streets, taking in the traditional fishing cottages, museums, and independent shops. Stop to take a break and indulge in some local produce at one of the many cafés, pubs, and restaurants. The village is well known for the quality of seafood, with many eateries serving seafood that has been brought in that day.
Appledore is historically celebrated for its art and creativity, holding events throughout the year. The Appledore-Instow Regatta is held every year. Try a go at crabbing or beach tug-of-war or watch the gig boats as they race by. The village holds regular arts festivals where resident crafts people showcase a wide range of arts and crafts. Grab something unique to remember Your Devon Escape by. Or head to the Appledore Book Festival, featuring talks and activities with a range of international author.
Appledore is a great place if you are looking for some adventure. Take yourself on a seafaring mission or enjoy a boat or fishing trip. Or if you fancy a trip out of the village for the day, you can take the seasonal ferry over to the neighbouring Instow for a day trip.
The village is a peaceful base from which you can explore North Devon, is close to the many surf beaches. And don’t forget to try the delicious Hocking’s Ice Cream made in Appledore on your adventures, served from their van on the quay.
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