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a good afternoon out
Appledore in General
Member Name: yorkshire-lass
Appledore in General
Advantages: nice views, relaxing
Disadvantages: no cash machine
We have visited appledore on two ocassions. Appledore is only a small village next to a river estury. In the past appledore was famous for its ship buliding and reapira although most of this is now gone. This is proven by the sight of the empty old dry docks.
Upon arrival there are two car parks. The first one is opposite the naval museum on your way down the hill into the village. The second is a large car park next to the slip way. In this car park is a childrens play area and a set of toilets. It also conviently located next to a pub.
On our first visit we parked up and visted the naval museum this will occupy an hour or so as it isnt very large but is packed with information. At the top of the museum the views are brilliant and you can see across to instow. They also provide a telescope for you to use.
We then walked down the hill into the village. Beware take some money with you when visting appledore as there are no cash machines, however you can get cashback from the small co-op which is there.
After a walk along the walkway next to the estury we sampled a local ice cream from the ice cream van. The only flavour that he sells is vanilla but is delicious.
We then took a walk along the twisty streets behind the main road. Here we spotted a fish and chip shop which must have been good judging by the queue. Every corner on the paths seemed to lead to another street. There was various pubs art gallieries and tea shops.
On our second visit we went for one main reason. This was because we had booked ourselves on a boat trip which departed from here. It was a good job we had boked as the boat was full. The newsagents in the village take bookings for this boat trip.
The route the boat trip took was up the river estury towards the mouth of the sea. At this point the boat turned and we headed up to bideford. When we reached bideford old town bridge we turned round and headed back towards appledore. From the boat were good view and plenty of people were taking photos on the boat.
Both days offered a good afternoon out.
Summary: a good place to stop for a couple of hours