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The Local Area Guide to living in Appledore

A petite fishing village by the name of Appledore sits peacefully at the mouth of River Torridge, where it gracefully meets with River Taw before they both gently flow into the Atlantic ocean. The village on the North Coast of Devon was a central hub for shipbuilding and seafaring and was, at one point, the biggest importer of tobacco in England. A day trip to Appledore's Maritime Museum chronicles the village's intriguing past.

If you step foot here, you'll instantly realise that the Quayside is the lifeblood of the village. A glut of fishing boats lines the dock and al fresco diners serve up the catch of the day. A short stroll away from the harbour exposes a labyrinth of narrow lanes, which long to be explored. Twist and turn through the streets as they reveal pretty Elizabethan and Georgian cottages as well as provide a deeper insight into the village's fascinating past. With the South West Coastal Path and the Northam Burrows Country Park right on your doorstep, lovers of the great outdoors will shriek in sheer delight. Explore the peaceful coastline and let yourself slip away into a state of serenity as you gaze at the glorious, varied landscapes.

Information about the local residents

Since Appledore thrived on its shipbuilding trade, it was the main source of employment for many locals. Now, a tiny portion of the local residents continue to work in this industry. According to the 2011 Census, the quaint village is home to over 2,800 people. Many of the locals tend to be very hands-on and typically work in the construction and manufacturing sectors. Aside from the working population, there is also a significant older population present and it's fairly evident why. Appledore is the perfect destination for retirees, as the village offers residents a simple yet enriching life. If you are looking to move to this idyllic haven, you'll find that there is also a strong and vibrant community spirit present, this is showcased through the various events held throughout the year such as the Appledore Summer Festival and Appledore Carnival.

Nearby schools

While there is only one school present in Appledore, parents needn't feel disheartened. Appledore School caters for children between the ages of 3-11 years and has earned a great reputation for its high educational standards as a majority of its pupils leave with excellent results. Pupils then travel to nearby Bideford, which is where Bideford College and the independent school, Kingsley are based. They both offer secondary and post-16 education, as well as a nurturing learning environment.

Getting around

Residents of Appledore tend to rely on either the bus, train or car to get them from A to B. The 21A Stagecoach service runs frequent and timely services to Bideford, Braunton and Barnstaple. Barnstaple is where the nearest train station is situated. Here, you can travel to the Big Smoke in just over three and half hours and Exeter in just over an hour. From Exeter, you can also easily access Exmouth, Cornwall, Bristol and Birmingham. Due to Appledore's attractive proximity to Exeter, many decide to commute to work and, thus, a small commuter community also exists in this quaint village. During the summer period when blissful holidaymakers descend into the village, you can also catch a convenient ferry service to reach Instow on the other side of the river bank.

Local shops

Independent coffee shops, restaurants, historic pubs and inns line the high street and quay area of Appledore. One place of note is the 15th century coach inn, The Coach and Horses, which is particularly great for delicious hearty food and a fresh tipple, and if you're lucky (or not) you may also spot something supernatural lurking inside. Local crafts and trinkets like glass blown ornaments or artworks can also be picked up from any of the local galleries and craft shops scattered around the village.

Devon is also known for its exceptional raw produce and locals goods, whether it's freshly caught fish, hand-picked produce or reared meat, you'll be able to get your hands on some of the finest ingredients! You can also sample the village's delightful home-grown delicacy - Hocking's ice-cream - which is exclusive to North Devon.

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