On the banks of the River Torridge in North Devon lays the pretty market town of Bideford. The town has a working port which was once one of the busiest in England and it makes an ideal base for outdoor enthusiasts who can take advantage of a wealth of lovely walks in the vicinity. Stay at a bed and breakfast in Bideford and grasp the opportunity to get out in the fresh Devon air.
In the centre of town, you will find the historic Pannier Market. Dating from 1883, this historic market still trades every Tuesday and Saturday and is a lovely place to while away a few hours, browsing and bargain hunting. Take a stroll from your B&B in Bideford down over the Long Bridge, which spans the River Torridge. The trrelined Bridgeland Street is also a lovely spot for a walk, with its 17th Century Merchant's Houses.
For anyone interested in Britains maritime history, a Bideford b and b is a good choice. The North Devon Maritime Museum gives a fascinating insight into the history of shipping in the area. This is also a good base for a family friendly vacation. The picturesque town is just a few miles away from the beautiful beaches of the Devon coast. On a rainy day, either Atlantis Adventure Park or The Milky Way Adventure Park should help fend off boredom for a few hours. With indoor play areas, rollercoasters and rides, the kids will be endlessly entertained. The Big Sheep is another fun family day out within easy reach of your Bideford B&B. It offers a range of wacky activities for both rainy and sunny days, including sheep racing and pony rides.
If you're keen to get out and explore the countryside from your bed and breakfast Biddeford makes a great base. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which route to take. The Tarka Trail loops through North and Mid Devon for over 180 miles. You can enjoy spectacular scenery along the way as you take in the rugged Atlantic Coast and wind down along the Taw and Torridge Rivers, emerging onto the northern Slopes of Dartmoor. If you're looking for something less challenging, just a few miles out of Bideford is the Ironbridge, which offers good views along the river and leads you upstream to ancient oak woodlands.
Bideford has some lovely quayside inns where you can sit and enjoy a drink on a balmy summer evening or snuggle up in front of an open fire during the winter. The regatta every September draws the crowds from near and far as this little town livens up. If you're eager to explore the North Devon coast from a cheap and charming B&B Biddeford is a great choice.