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Bideford is a small port town in North Devon, with a population of about 15,000. It still has some cargo shipping as well as fishing boats and the ferry MS Oldenburg which operates services to Lundy Island which is about 20 miles out in the Bristol Channel. It lies on the River Torridge which is crossed by the 13th century Long Bridge and has 24 arches.
A view of the full width of the Long Bridge taken from the upstream side. The area at the far side is called East the Water.
A closer view of part of the bridge showing the size of the arches which obviously restrict what vessels can got beyond it up the river.
Looking across the Torridge to East the Water with a sailing vessel tied up to the quay.
The bridge from the other side with East the Water beyond, the sailing vessel again and, on the Bideford side, a tug tied up alongside a barge.
Looking along Bideford Quay with vessels tied up and the crane used for cargo handling further along. In background is the new road bridge which now carries the A39 "Atlantic Highway" past the town whereas the traffic used to all come over the old bridge.
The bridge again with vessels moored on the quays both sides of the river and, on the Bideford side, a Farmers Market - we got some very nice cheese there on this visit!
HMS Hindostan, a former pre-war Royal Navy auxiliary barge and sea plane tender later a training vessel at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth is moored in Bideford being converted to a floating restaurant.
Moored near the Hindostan was this sailing vessel.
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This site was last updated 15/07/2012