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, 14:04
Artist's impression of the completed Anchorwood Bank development

Firs stage of major Barnstaple development will be completed by Christmas 2016

Read more
Yesterday, 18:12
Bideford Hospital.

Health bosses announces plans for sessions in Hatherleigh, Lynton and Barnstaple

Read more
Yesterday, 12:45
Natalie Jones lost her life in the collision near Knowle. Picture: Michelle Ley

A 30-year-old from Ilfracombe has been questioned by police following the fatal collision on August 21

Read more
Yesterday, 12:40

Three cars scratched in Springfield Road and another damaged in Bellaire

Read more
Yesterday, 14:12

Fire fighters rushed to flat in Marlborough Court, Bideford, where they found a woman trapped inside and smoke issuing from the building.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:18

Traffic is reportedly backed up after collision on the B3230 between the A39 and Muddiford Inn.

Read more
Thu, 21:03
Hundreds of people met in Barnstaple on Thursday evening to release purple balloons in memory of Katie Gammon, who died on Sunday. Picture: Andy Keeble

Family and friends line banks of the river to remember inspirational teen.

Read more
Thu, 20:06
Ilfracombe Carnival 2015

It’s carnival time as the town celebrates

Read more
Thu, 15:18
Visitors packed onto Woolacombe Beach yesterday afternoon (Tues).

Attraction owner says better weather next week comes at ‘critical time’ as school holidays draw to a close.

Read more
Thu, 13:52
Richard Davey and Paul Dyer completed the 914-mile journey for Children's hospice South West

A pair of cyclists from Ilfracombe have raised nearly £1,500 by completing the fabled journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 11°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