Footprints lead walkers through Bideford

09:30 30 October 2013

These footprints have been placed in East-the-Water - the sand is a temporary health and safety measure before the foot is set in tarmac. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

These footprints have been placed in East-the-Water - the sand is a temporary health and safety measure before the foot is set in tarmac. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

Archant

The project is funded by the Biosphere and sees brass footprints winding around Bideford, Appledore and Westward Ho!

These footprints have been placed in East-the-Water - the sand is a temporary health and safety measure before the foot is set in tarmac. Pic: Graham Hobbs.These footprints have been placed in East-the-Water - the sand is a temporary health and safety measure before the foot is set in tarmac. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

A TRAIL of brass footprints have begun to wind their way around Bideford in a bid to get coast path walkers into the town.

The footprints, which are being set in East-the-Water and The Quay this week, feature the slogan ‘Bideford: “Kingsley’s Little White Town”’ – the phrase coined in Victorian times by Westward Ho! author Charles Kingsley.

Martin Caddy, who is heading up the project for the North Devon Biosphere, said the footprints will be laid in Bideford, Appledore and Westward Ho!

“We have to finish them by the end of the month but we’re weather dependent so it’s been a bit difficult these last few days with the weather warnings,” said Mr Caddy.

One of the footprints in Westward Ho! Pic: Graham HobbsOne of the footprints in Westward Ho! Pic: Graham Hobbs

“Thousands of people walk the South West Coast Path every year and many of them want to get through the towns as quickly as possible and back to the wonderful views.

“But we want to show these people that the culture and heritage of the towns is all part of the coast path experience.”

Mr Caddy said similar footprints placed in Ilfracombe earlier this year had been a ‘learning curve’.

“We know we had some problems but we have ironed these out now,” he said.

“We’re also planning a similar project for Combe Martin next year which we will need to secure funding for.

“It will be very unique if technology will allow it – but we can’t give anything away yet.”

The footprints are being set in the ground with sand as a health and safety measure, before they are all set in tarmac in one go.

What do you think of the footprints? Post your comments via www.northdevongazette.co.uk, email us at newsdesk@northdevongazette.co.uk or write to: Opinion, Unit 3, Old Station Road, Barnstaple, EX32 8PB.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 13:00

Two people taken to hospital following ‘head-on’ collision’.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:10
Jasmine Chesters with some of the crop at Ashford Fruit Farm

A North Devon fruit farm is overflowing with strawberries during one of its best years ever.

Read more
Fri, 16:06
The models with show supporters from Saltrock and CLIC Sargent.

Stills tickets available for the show tonight (Friday) at Orchard Vale School in Barnstaple

Read more
Fri, 14:12
With the new 'Maurice' trophies are Arlene Collins and Oliver McCarron of Marsdens, plus (centre), Heather McNeilly of Shoreline Glass.

Don’t miss Ilfracombe’s tastiest food festival on Saturday, July 11

Read more
Fri, 13:58
Inside Infinity. Picture: Tony Edmonds

Family fun at Infinity this Saturday night as Ilfracombe’s new after dark venue hosts its public launch party...

Read more
Fri, 13:51
Queens Avenue residents gather at the play area site, which is under threat from development.

Queens Avenue residents dismayed at North Devon Homes plans to build on green space

Read more
Fri, 09:37
Picture by Graham Hobbs

Cannon firing marked the start of Bideford Heritage Week last weekend - with Heritage Day this Saturday.

Read more
Fri, 09:30
Race for Life in Barnstaple.

Hundreds of women will be turning Barnstaple pink for Cancer Research UK this Sunday.

Read more
Fri, 09:25
Fremington para-powerlifter Ross Austen (centre) took the gold medal at the British Championships

Ross Austen, 33, took up power lifting this year after sustaining injuries to his right leg during active service. Now he’s going for gold.

Read more
Fri, 09:21
Coopers Jewellery in Barnstaple High Street

Man appeared before magistrates yesterday (Thursday) morning in connection with Barnstaple incident

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder