Bideford is a historic port town on the estuary of the River Torridge. It is located around the prominent iconic structure of the 13th century long bridge, with its 24 arches. Bideford was famously named the Little White Town by Charles Kingsley who wrote the novel Westward Ho! Bideford is a thriving port with attractive shops, an olde-worlde Pannier Market and interesting attractions to explore, such as The Burton at Bideford, which is an art gallery and museum, and the Bideford Heritage Trail. Many antique shops are found amongst the narrow backstreets and alleyways that lead up from the quay and the river. These alleys are known locally as drangs. The town is also home to friendly pubs, restaurants and cafes that provide a traditional Devon cream tea. The tree-lined quayside is frequented by fishing boats, pleasure boats, cargo boats and the HMS Oldenburg who makes regular trips to and from Lundy Island.