The Project Strands

In its first year, Way of the Wharves focused much of its efforts on the rich and diverse stories from this part of Bideford. In its second year, the project expanded on these resources to deliver key strands, including the:

• self guided ‘Walk the Wharves’ heritage trail map
• new learning resource for schools
• guided walks and community events programme, talks and workshops

• interpretation panel on the quay by the Tarka the Otter statue
• reference resource held in Bideford Library
• new website to hold research and share findings www.thewharves.org

Way of the Wharves Programme 2020

Now the agreement between Torridge District Council and Red Earth Developments has been signed WOTW is planning to work with all parties to ensure the history and heritage of the site is accurately and appropriately represented in the future development. This means getting involved with the planning process and meeting with stakeholders. We have had initial discussions with the developer, Red Earth, who will be putting forward a pre-application plan and holding public consultations before any planning decision is finalised.

In addition to this work with the developer in 2020 we plan:

• Guided walking tours – once a month starting in March
• Public display of historical photographs and other information
• Working with partners to attend local events

• Talks to local groups and societies
• Publication of a book about the history of wharves
• Collecting memories and oral histories about the school and Fulfords

We still have stocks of the popular ‘Walk the Wharves’ map and these will be available free of charge at all events and through Tourist Information at the Burton and other outlets. We look forward to seeing you in 2020.

Way of the Wharves CIO

Way of the Wharves is a not for profit organisation based in Bideford whose aim is to advance the education and information about the maritime and industrial heritage of the Wharves at East the Water and the Torridge Estuary. Way of the Wharves CIO is a registered charity (Number 1188912)

The Team

The project is run by a group of trustees and volunteers currently made up of: Mike Teare, Anthony Burt, Lou Boulter, Angus Harper, Simon Whittam, Bob Kirby, Becky Frisby. Click here for more information about our team.


If you would like to get involved in Way of the Wharves, either by volunteering regularly at the focus group meetings or helping at an event, please do get in touch.

If you know one of the volunteers currently working on the project, please talk to them to get an idea of how you can be involved. Otherwise, you can email us on wotw.wharves@gmail.com.


In the first year, the project was funded by the Health Lottery. From November 2017, it has been funded for a further 12 months by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The project co-ordinator provides regular updates on progress and gives the HLF financial reports when requested.

If you would like to offer to help us continue our community work, especially in the deprived ward of East-the-Water, then please do get in touch on wotw.wharves@gmail.com.

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