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Part of the waterfront in Appledore on the North Devon coast
Part of the waterfront in Appledore on the North Devon coast

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Route No. 421 - Sunday 5 June 2011
Appledore to Westward Ho!
via the Southwest Coastal Path - 8km
North Devon Coast . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 139 Bideford, Ilfracombe & Barnstaple


River Torridge at Appledore
River Torridge at Appledore

River Torridge at Appledore
River Torridge at Appledore

The Southwest Coastal Path along Irsha Street in Appledore
The Southwest Coastal Path along Irsha Street

We walked down to the waterfront, past the bus stop next to the old dry dock at map ref. SS465305 and followed the South West Coastal Path route around the waterfront heading for Westward Ho! We walked through the narrow streets of Appledore to the lifeboat station where the inshore rescue craft are kept and the seagoing lifeboat was moored out in the estuary.

This week my wife and I are staying in a holiday cottage in the village of Appledore on the River Torridge estuary on the North Devon Coast. We had a long car journey to get here yesterday so today we had a walk straight from our cottage.

River Torridge at Appledore
River Torridge at Appledore

The church in Appledore
The church in Appledore

Lifeboat station in Appledore
Lifeboat station in Appledore

The Appledore lifeboat moored offshore in the estuary
The Appledore lifeboat moored offshore in the estuary

Leaving Appledore on the Coastal Path
Leaving Appledore on the Coastal Path

Leaving Appledore on the Coastal Path
Leaving Appledore on the Coastal Path

Leaving Appledore on the Coastal Path
Leaving Appledore on the Coastal Path

Northam Burrows is a large flat grassy headland cropped short by ponies and rabbits.

We followed the path along the shoreline to Appledore Bridge where we turned right to the Northam Burrows Country Park.

The Appledore lifeboat moored offshore in the estuary
The Appledore lifeboat moored offshore in the estuary

Leaving Appledore on the Coastal Path
Leaving Appledore on the Coastal Path

The Northam Burrows looking across the Torridge estuary
The Northam Burrows looking across the Torridge estuary

Bideford Bay seen from the Northam Burrows
Bideford Bay seen from the Northam Burrows

Crossing the Burrows heading for Westward Ho!
Crossing the Burrows heading for Westward Ho!

The shore on the Western edge of the Burrows
The shore on the Western edge of the Burrows

 

It was a fine sunny day and we sat on a bench to admire the view across the river Torridge and to have a drink.

The headland is surrounded by the sandbars of the estuary.

Rocky shore West of the Northam Burrows
Rocky shore West of the Northam Burrows

Route of the coastal path across the Burrows
Route of the coastal path across the Burrows

Coastal path by the links on Northam Burrows
Coastal path by the links on Northam Burrows

Golf links on the Northam Burrows
Golf links on the Northam Burrows

The path led us to Golf Links Road, a bus route, in Westward Ho! There is a bus stop at map ref. SS431291. The bus times were a bit awkward on Sunday so we ended up walking back to Appledore along the road, another 4km, but on weekdays is should be possible to do the return leg by bus.

After our break we followed the path beside the pebble ridge on the western side of the headland. To the Burrows Visitor Centre where we had a quick look around before continuing along the path for another kilometer to Westward Ho!

YES! - walkers' priority
YES!

The flat grassy expanse of the Northam Burrows
The flat grassy expanse of the Northam Burrows