Did you know that the name Bideford means “by the ford”? Records show that before there was a bridge at Bideford, there was a ford over the River Torridge. It is possible, but not advisable, to cross the river by foot at low tide between Bideford and East the Water. Home to Elizabethan Seadogs such as Grenville amongst others, Bideford has a long maritime history with the buildings along Bideford Quay having seen many ships departing and leaving for far flung shores.
Bideford port is still active on the Torridge for ferries to Lundy and other commercial shipping as well as being home to Bideford Reds and Bideford Blues Rowing Clubs – and you just may catch a glimpse of Tarka the Otter!
Public Houses at Bideford