Inspired by Charles Kingsley’s book of the same name, Westward Ho! was built as a haven for tourists and has all the charm of a traditional Victorian seaside town. It’s also the only town in Britain to feature an exclamation mark in its name. Sat on the North Devon coastline, the village is a throwback to a traditional British seaside holiday with a beach, amusements and fish and chips working in tandem to create this holiday hotspot - perfect for when you visit Devon!
The most striking feature in Westward Ho! is the long stretch of golden sand that is banked with a pebble ridge giving you plenty of options on how to enjoy your time on the beach. While the tide is out, make the most of the wet sand, perfect for building a sandcastle with family or even an impromptu game of cricket or rounders. As the tide comes in retreat onto the pebble ridge for a spot of sunbathing as you watch the waves crash against the pebbles. The pebble ridge is a popular spot for a barbeque as you can cook your meats while watching a stunning sunset. On a clear day the shadow of Lundy Island will create a surreal experience. If you don’t want to cook, Westward Ho! has a fantastic range of eateries in the village including pub grub, restaurants, fish and chips, Thai food and a recently opened pizza restaurant.
If you want to get more active while spending time in Westward Ho! why not try your hand at surfing? A popular spot for both locals and tourists as waves come in off the Atlantic Ocean. If you haven’t surfed before that isn’t a problem as you can get a lesson while in the village with everything taken care of from board to wetsuit. Rock pooling is a popular activity while on holiday in Westward Ho! too. The village has its own rock pool that is filled at high tide and is a great spot to have a swim without waves and currents.
When you need a break from the beach, Westward Ho! still has plenty to keep you entertained. There are two state of the art amusements with plenty of games to keep children of all ages entertained for hours. Just off the beach you’ll also find one of the most scenic adventure golf courses in the country along with a go-kart track for the adrenaline junkies.
The most striking feature in Westward Ho! is the long stretch of golden sand that is banked with a pebble ridge
The stretch of beach in Westward Ho! is backed by Northam Burrows Country Park, a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). Made up mainly of sand dunes and salt marshes, the area is noted for its bird life with wading birds visiting from the estuary. Royal North Devon Golf Club (RND) is situated on the burrows and is the oldest links course in the whole of England, ranked the “Top 100 Courses in the World”. If you enjoy your golf a visit to RND is a must while on holiday in Westward Ho!.