A Locals Guide to Bideford

I have lived in North Devon all of my life, and no I don’t know how to drive a tractor! I never liked living in Devon until recently, as living out in the sticks was not that fun during my teenage years. However, now that I am older, I would say it is actually okay (enthusiastic as always…)

After moving to an actual town 3-years ago from a tiny little hamlet in the middle of nowhere, I realised that North Devon isn’t as bad as I thought it was. Although you will find some of the most incredible coastal scenery and seemingly endless views on Exmoor, for us young adults, there isn’t a whole lot to do. I thought I would create a guide on my favourite things to do in the area and share some of the best places I like to dine at and visit.

Beautiful Locations

I am lucky enough to live extremely close to the coast, and this is what North Devon is probably most renowned for. From long stretches of golden sand to dramatic cliffs, North Devon is home to some of the most magnificent beaches in the UK. They are perfect for lounging on in the summer or taking a brisk walk to blow away the cobwebs after a heavy Saturday night!

Although not in Bideford, Exmoor National Park is one of my favourite location in North Devon. When taking some time to walk there, there is no doubt that you will have your breath taken away by the views that surround you. With hidden waterfalls, historic locations, diverse scenery and quaint towns, there is so much to see here. I may sound old before my time, but I love to walk through Exmoor; my boyfriend and I have tackled many of the walks here, one which led us getting lost and walking an extra 5-miles (I still haven’t forgiven him).

Great Food

As you will know I love food, and Bideford is not short of wonderful places to dine. However, let’s not forget that I am a vegetarian and a fussy eater, so finding a restaurant I enjoy is actually pretty special. My favourite place to eat is the Italian Kitchen where they serve some of the best pizza I have ever had. However, it isn’t just great food you will have here, but also fantastic service and both of these things combined are what makes this eatery so enjoyable.

There is also a wonderful range of pubs which serve up mouthwatering food like The Thatched Inn, Pig on the Hill, The Pier House and The Instow Arms (these are my favourites).  I did want to give a special mention to The Green Rooms which is located in the heart of Bideford, I went for breakfast there over the weekend, and it was delicious!

Things to Do

It might just be me, but I find it hard to come up with something to fill my time with which doesn’t involve walking and going for a drink. As a young adult, if I can actually call myself that, there isn’t a whole lot to do, especially during the colder months. However, in the summer there is plenty to keep you busy including Pigstock (the highlight of my year), beaches and other events. In the heart of Bideford, you will find an array of independent shops, pubs and bakeries, a number of well-known chains, as well as a larger shopping centre just outside of the town. As I said above, I often can’t find anything to do over the weekend in the local area, but that might just be because I am boring or something. However, if you have children, there is plenty on offer including local attractions and parks.

Don’t get me wrong there is a great range of things to do on offer, but maybe not so much for someone my age! However, I do like living here especially on the outskirts in a sleepy little village. Have you visited Bideford before, or are you local? Let me know what your favourite thing to do here is in the comment section below.


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