Characterised by its winding narrow streets and the colourful houses, the charming village of Appledore sits at the confluence of the Taw and Torridge rivers with lovely views across to Instow.
The village is built on a tradition of fishing and boat building which still continues today. For centuries, Appledore was an important shipbuilding centre for the region and the village’s large indoor ship yard continues to be a source of employment for many of the residents. Because of its long maritime heritage, the village is now home to the North Devon Maritime Museum. The museum, housed in a Grade 2 listed Georgian building, the former home of several of the village’s important ship owners.
As well as being famous for its maritime history and local seafood, Appledore has always been historically celebrated for its art and creativity. The Appledore Book Festival draws visitors from across the country and features talks and activities with a range of acclaimed international authors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Appledore have a beach?
Appledore itself doesn't have a beach but just around the corner is Westward Ho!, where you will find seaside shops, toilets and a range of food outlets, all making it a popular family beach. Made up of a long sandy beach backed by a pebble ridge with Northam Burrows Country Park accessible at one end this beach offers the best of both sand rock pools and nature. RNLI Lifeguard service is available from May to September and the beach is popular with windsurfers surfers and swimmers. Dogs are permitted from October to April on the whole beach and all year round at the Northam Burrows end. There is ample car parking and disabled parking close to the beach.Learn more about Appledore
Can you walk to Appledore from Westward Ho!?
Yes, there is a waymarked path along the south side of the River Taw estuary using sections of the South West Coast Path that will take you to Westward Ho!See the routes in North Devon here