Crabbing in Appledore

Living in Nottingham means we are very rarely able to visit the coast, it's at least a two hour drive in every direction. So when we are at the coast, we like to make the most of our time there, our recent adventure in Devon took us to the beautiful village of Appledore where we did some crabbing.

This isn't an expensive activity and gave us about three hours of fun for less than a tenner. We ate lunch of fish and chips shared between us, sat on the harbour walls waiting for a crab to bite. It was the perfect way to get outside and all enjoy an activity which connected us back with nature.

If you have never been to Appledore, then I can highly recommend this wonderful little town, with it's beautiful harbour front, cafes and antique shops and plenty of small alleyways leading to wonderful little houses and seaside craft shops it is well worth a trip.




For the crabbing itself, all you need is a line, a bucket and some bait, all in this cost us about £4 for the bucket and line and we had some bacon from breakfast, so we bought that along.

You pop the bacon in a little bag on the end of the line and then cast out into the sea, it took a while for us to catch our first crab but we did and named him Bob. Shortly after we caught two more and then whilst the boys were off getting chips my daughter and I caught another one.

It was an absolutely wonderful experience to show the children how things work, that this is how food is caught and the patience needed for something like this. We did put them back, I for one don't eat fish and these tiny little crabs needed to go back home.



With so many wonderful days out on our trip, it is hard to choose just one but this was a free activity that meant we got to spend time together without interruptions.

10 comments:

  1. We used to try crabbing when we lived in Denmark but mostly without success. Then someone told us the bacon trick when we were in Norway and we caught about 30. Put them all back though. Well actually, most of them escaped the bucket and jumped back in! :D

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  2. How awesome, we used to go crabbing loads when we were little. We found loads of Hermit Crabs in Brittany when we last went with the kids, they were amazing x

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  3. Oh I have never done crabbing. Think the girls would love to try this.....might have to have a go next time we visit the coast.

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  4. I love the last picture in particular, they all look mesmerised by their find! x

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  5. We often go crabbing at mudeford near us in Dorset and our crabs are rather partial to cat food - looks like a great day out

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  6. Crabbing is one of our most favorite things to do. We love it. We used to live in Appledore, it is a very special place x

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  7. Ella loves going crabbing when we go to the seaside, Kaycee, not so much!

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  8. I love crabbing. I grew up by the seaside and we used to crab in the sea water boating lake all the time!

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  9. We enjoy crabbing and did much better lately, usually we struggle to catch even one crab, trips to the seaside are such wonderful days out :) lovely pictures too, simple but precious moments together x

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  10. Oh what great fun Ellie and Appledore sounds like it was superb. POD has done crabbing before Suffolk way with her grandparents and had a fab time. Hope you've been having a lovely half term x

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