Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

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

13:26
Archers fan Paul Trueman has raised 10s of thousands of pounds for Refuge

A fan of The Archers has raised almost £50,000 for a domestic violence charity in less than seven days.

Read more
13:05
Saunton Sands car park

Application goes before planning committee at Barnstaple Rugby Club tomorrow (Wednesday) from 10am

Read more
16:08
Be a good egg this Pancake Day

Hen welfare charity urges pancake chefs to go free range and make a donation at the same time

Read more
09:15
How the Torrington Creamery site could look.

Developers say Torridge District Council failed to come to an outcome on the plans submitted in June last year for new houses at the old Torrington creamery.

Read more
14:00
James Kiff will be supporting North Devon Hospice at a series of motorcycle off-road enduro events this year. Picture: Andy Keeble

Well-known North Devon motorcycle road racing champion James Kiff is turning his hand to endurance racing in aid of North Devon Hospice.

Read more
11:10

Police warn of spate of scam calls in North Devon from people pretending to be computer engineers.

Read more
North Devon PCSO Peter Hyde will be taking on the role of retained fire fighter as well.

PCSOs in North Devon are becoming trained as retained fire fighters in new pilot scheme which is gaining national attention.

Read more
09:29
Majorie Walton, 101 and Jessie Prentice, 103, at Goldens Sands Care Home in Westward Ho!

Two friends at Golden Sands residential home celebrate 102nd and 103rd birthdays this month.

Read more
Yesterday, 22:23
Storm Imogen batters the promenade at Westward Ho! on Monday afternoon. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Huge waves batter the promenade as gale force winds and high tides combine to unleash dramatic display of Mother Nature on the North Devon coast

Read more
Yesterday, 18:02
The Gazette has launched the A Better Link for North Devon campaign to help speed up improvements to the North Devon Link Road and highlight just how crucial it is to the region and its economy.

Surveys will help form part of multi-million-pound bid for major improvements to A361 and A30 between Bideford and Tiverton.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

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

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications