Westward Ho! is a picturesque village with a quirky name, sat facing out towards the Atlantic Ocean on the North Devon coast. Born out of a development triggered by the book Westward Ho! written by Charles Kingsley in the mid 1800′s, it grew into a popular holiday destination and remains so today.
Its location at the Taw/Torridge estuary, between Hartland Point to the south and the Saunton Sands to the north, gives it a classic position and its two miles of long and wide sandy beach, known as Golden Bay, can rival anywhere in the country. (Learn more about Westward Ho! Beach)
Families can enjoy themselves on the soft sand, or simply relax in a very safe environment. Many couples choose to stroll along the beach on a romantic walk, with the wind surfers, kite surfers, wave surfers, dog walkers, horse riders, wind buggy riders and kite flyers there is always so much to watch on the beach. Even with all this going on the beach will always feel deserted as at low tide the beach is 2 miles long by 800 metres wide! It is also a favourite for bird watchers too, as there is a whole host of birds frequenting the area.
The stunning Pebble Ridge is a sight to behold, with its rounded grey cobbles. This incredible formation actually acts as a protective barrier for the resort and the nearby Northam Burrows Country Park, which forms an integral part of the newly designated United Nations Biosphere Reserve.
The South West Coast Path goes through the village and famous Tarka trail passes close by. If you are feeling fit then why not cycle this trial with much of North and mid Devon encountered along the way. Other activities popularised at Westward Ho! include sailing, kite surfing, wind-surfing and good old fashioned wave surfing.
The Royal North Devon Golf course is just up the road, and was recently recognised in a Golfing publication as one of the top 100 courses in the world and is the oldest course in England. It is well worth a visit, if nothing more than to take in the history.
Westward Ho! Accomodation
Westward Ho! residents and businesses have recognised the huge importance in providing top class accommodation, not only to ensure its guests have a quality experience. Naturally budget plays a part in anybody’s choice of places to stay, as does preferences of type; but throughout the village there are so many terrific spots that you really are spoilt for choice.
Westward Ho! has a great selection of small, high quality Holiday Parks as well as a large range of Cottages to rent. Whether you are looking for a quiet get away for two of you or somewhere a large family can met, Westward Ho! covers it. (view our Westward Ho! accommodation guide)
Just as impressive are the luxury apartments available, in particular three different blocks, each one right by the sea front. The Nautilus is a unique collection of modern apartments, with amazing views and is the only one that offers single bedrooms. Nassau Court is extremely spacious and very well equipped. Horizon View is a superb development, with arguably the best views of all. (learn more about Westward Ho! Apartments)
Westward Ho! Attractions
Finally there are a large number of attractions and local events throughout the year. We have included all of these on the site to help you plan when would be the best time to visit this year. (learn more about Westward Ho! Events)
If you have any questions not covered by information on this site then please let us know via our contact form and we will do our best to help.