Westward Ho! on the North Devon Coast has one of Devon’s best golden sandy beaches with Blue Flag status and excellent surfing. The North Devon Surf School has been based here in Westward Ho! for over 20 years and is one of the UK’s top surf schools. The award-winning beach is also very popular with families and for other watersports like windsurfing. Around the beach sit a selection of seaside shops, amenities and places to eat and drink. Flanking the beach is a pebble ridge and at one end sits the Northam Burrows Country Park. Head off along the South West Coast Path accessible from the beach towards coastal village Clovelly and spectacular Hartland Point. Coastal walking along the path pushes around the edge of the coastal links course of the Royal North Devon Golf Club, one of the country’s best known golf links courses. Westward Ho! is the perfect choice for a great beach, golf or coastal walking short break or holiday.
Blue Flag Beach & Surfing
Beautiful Westward Ho! Blue Flag Beach is a fantastic sandy beach stretching for two miles. Popular with surfers and for safe family bathing, the beach has lifeguards across the summer season. Kite surfing, windsurfing, kite buggying along the flat sands and beach horse riding are also popular as well as surfing and you’ll find good facilities especially in summer including deck chair hire, toilets, car parks and a dog exercise area (dogs are welcome on the beach off peak from October to April). Plentiful free parking is adjacent.
Westward Ho! is a great location to learn to surf with surf schools and surf shops offering surf equipment hire. Take your pick from a range of surfing packages available from half and full day lessons to flexible one hour sessions. Some Westward Ho! surf schools sit ideally close to the water like The North Devon Surf School just 50 metres from the beach!
Northam Burrows Country Park
Located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Northam Burrows Country Park covers around 253 hectares and is a spectacular mixed landscape of salt marsh, sand dunes and grassy coastal plain. The Burrows is an access point to Westward Ho! Blue Flag beach and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Start your exploration of The Burrows at The Burrows Centre adjacent to Sandymere, open May to early September.
Royal North Devon Golf Club
Famously one of the oldest golf courses in the country, beautiful Royal North Devon Golf Club hugs the coastline at Westward Ho!. Founded in 1864 and offering a wild and windswept challenge at certain times of the year, Royal North Devon is one of the UK’s best known coastal links, ranking within Golf World’s Top 100 courses! This coastal links is one every golfer wants to play – the club extends a warm welcome to visitors and features a restaurant open daily.
Hartland Point & Bideford Bay
Coastal walking on the North Devon coast is at its best along the South West Coast Path from Hartland Quay, pushing around the Hartland Point Headland. The Bideford Bay and Hartland Coastline is cared for by the National Trust and offers miles and miles of spectacular unspoilt cliff, beach bay and inland woodland valley walks. Inland greenspaces on the outskirts of Westward Ho! include Kipling Tors and Burrough Farm – the Tors is where Kipling played as a schoolboy. The fascinating remains of old shipwrecks can be seen from the coast path around Hartland.
Where to Stay
The variety of places to stay include coastal B&Bs just minutes from the Blue Flag beach or around Northam Burrows. Stay in a luxury modern beachside apartment with breathtaking sea views. Westward Ho! has many stunning 5 Star apartments perfect for families, surfer friends sharing and couples. You will also find some outstanding family fun farm leisure holiday accommodation around Westward Ho!, just a short drive from the beach and in the heart of the North Devon countryside with onsite farm animals, play areas and swimming pools.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.