Our guide to Westward Ho! holiday cottages & apartments
Named after the novel by Charles Kingsley, the village of Westward Ho! near Bideford offers a clean, sandy beach which stretches for two miles and is known as the Golden Bay. With strong surfing conditions and the famous Pebble Ridge, beach holidays are well worth considering. Westward Ho! is part of the South West Coast Path and is also close to the Tarka Trail, making the area a must for keen walkers and cyclists.
Things to do in Westward Ho!
The Tarka Trail has a cycleway that perfect for cyclists. This 30 mile trek takes you through the former railway tracks of North Devon as well as the picturesque countryside. There are different trails to choose from so you won’t get bored of what the area has to offer. With clear information boards and signposts, it’s ideal for all the family. Just bring your bikes and you’re ready to go!
For hikers and walkers, visiting the North Devon Exmoor Walking Festival is a must. This ten day festival begins at the end of April and lasts until the start of May. Taking you through the scenic landscapes of the North Devon, the National Park and the Quantock Hills, there are 30 guided walks for you to explore the local wildlife and plants.
A family attraction that we highly suggest is Northam Burrows. A favourite of many, this country park is open to all walkers, even if you’re just looking for a relaxing stroll. You’ll spy some beautiful flora and if you’re lucky, you might spot a rare bird.
Westward Ho! Attractions
Westward Ho! is the ideal location for a family holiday but even if you’re searching for a couple’s break, you’ll love what the place has to offer. West Somerset Railway is the best kind of adventure. Put your feet up as you explore the local countryside. There’s several kinds of themed trains running from the station and even dogs are allowed so don’t forget to bring your pooch.
Sports enthusiasts or keen golfers will be excited to know about the local golf course. Royal North Devon Golf Club is the oldest golf club in England. Since 1864, it’s been attracting the most enthusiastic golfers from around the world. You’ll find ladies day on Thursdays and even if you’re not a keen golfer, you can have a lesson to get your skills in tune.
If you’re in the area, you need to visit Westward Ho! beach. This traditional English beach boasts brightly coloured beach huts, pebbled sands and family facilities. Pull up a deckchair and feel the sea breeze on your face. In summer, the beach gets very popular but the friendly atmosphere just adds to the fun. Don’t forget your beach accessories and snacks. In the warm weather, you’ll want to spend a glorious day in the sunshine as you get up close to one of Westward Ho’s best attractions.
Restaurants in Westward Ho!
Westward Ho! has a range of restaurants that all tastes will enjoy. We love a country pub and there’s no better than Pig on the Hill. This pub has history – the hill used to be home to a dairy farm and one of the resident pigs used to wander the countryside. Thus, the name Pig on the Hill was born. The pub is really popular with locals and tourists alike. The fresh pub grub will have your mouth watering in no time.
We know seafood is popular in small beach towns so you can expect fresh fish to be on the menu in a Westward Ho! eatery. Bensons is an award-winning restaurant with various fish dishes on the menu. We love the tasty prawns and scrumptious shrimp.
If you’re spending a day at the beach and feeling hungry, head to Country Cousins Restaurant. With an a la carte menu and carvery on offer, you won’t be stuck to find something delicious to eat. A good traditional roast dinner always goes down well with us but if you want something less hearty, why not choose a lighter snack. We love having a cream tea and a sweet treat in the middle of the day. Whatever you choose, the restaurant is the perfect choice to unwind after a busy day at the beach.