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Appledore

Appledore- A unique little fishing village

Appledore is full of history, with watch towers, look-outs, a smuggler's tunnel, fishermen's cottages, captains' houses and a quay overlooking the meeting point of the rivers Torridge and Taw before they flow through the "pool" and over the "bar" into Bideford Bay.

Away from the quay the narrow streets, hidden lanes and cobbled courtyards preserve the intriguing history and transport the imagination back through the centuries.

Mostly a conservation area, Appledore is close to the South West Coast Path and beautiful safe beaches for surfing, swimming and sand-castles. Also, nearby is the Northam Burrows Country Park, home to the oldest 18 hole links golf course in England!

Shipbuilding has always been the major trade here and with the largest covered dock in Europe along the river to the south, the trade still thrives, with gas container ships, ships for the Irish Navy, dredgers, tugs, tall ships and long ships! Replicas of Viking longships, Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hind and the Nonsuch were built in Appledore.

The main charm of Appledore is that it remains a living, working village with lots of local characters.

A village full of history!

Appledore Book Festival

Every year from the last Saturday in September to the first Sunday in October the picturesque fishing village of Appledore in North Devon is the venue for Britain's most exciting book festival.

Big-name authors and nationally known speakers give talks and there are shows and performances for all ages. Each year the festival gets bigger and this year it will feature over 70 events. The festival is unusual in its commitment to innovation, and because it is sustained almost entirely by volunteers based in the community. Every year there is a publicity event in the early summer to launch the brochure. In 2009 the recreation of the Great Panjandrum a top secret weapon of 1944 received world-wide publicity.

For more details of this year's events and to order tickets visit www.appledorebookfestival.co.uk.