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.