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This charming seaside resort town has been welcoming holidaymakers as new and returning guests since its development in Victorian times. The wide sandy beach backed by cafes, kiosks, and amusement arcades offer the full package for traditional seaside holidays. Whether you dream of lazy days on the sand, relaxing on your sun lounger with the new bestseller and working on your tan, or if you want to catch the perfect wave and be hanging ten by the end of your holiday, there’s opportunity for all kinds of dream beach holidays. With surf schools and board and wetsuit hire right at the water’s edge, next to deckchair and windbreak hire, there’s something to keep the whole family happy.
The beach is a beautiful 2 mile stretch of Blue Flag accredited sand, with safe clean bathing and lifeguarded duty during the summer season. The wide Devon beach is backed along its edge by a ridge made from thousands of round, sea smoothed pebbles. As the tide draws in, it gradually moves the pebbles closer to the beach, depleting the ridge, so every year there is a festival called ‘Potwalloping’ where residents pile the pebbles back up on the top of the ridge, further protecting the Burrows Country Park behind. Usually held across May Bank Holiday, there’s live music and food stalls, and a great atmosphere as everybody helps out to re-build the ridge.
This region has a fabulous all-round beach, there is easy wheelchair and buggy access from the slip way, and at its other end the beach links to the Northam Burrows Country Park, part of the UK’s only United Nation’s Biosphere Reserve.
Where to eat
Being so close to the sea, there’s always somewhere to get delicious hot fish and chips. Buy them to take away and perch on the pebble ridge as the tide comes in, or take them back to your cosy cottage for a teatime treat. In the little plaza, just behind the seafront, there is a collection of restaurants offering traditional and international home cooked dishes. From Thai, to gourmet burgers and from steaming bowls of fresh mussels to a delicious Sunday roast, there’s plenty of choice to satisfy any appetite.
For a sweeter treat, there’s always opportunities in Westward Ho! to get North Devon's famous ice cream Hocking’s. The trusty van is almost always parked in its spot in the plaza, and during the summer months, a van is parked near the beach entrance too. The delicious ice cream is made using a secret recipe and taste delicious with a chocolate flake and a dollop of Devon clotted cream on top.
What to do
With the huge beach and fantastic surfing conditions, you need to at least dip your toes in the water. There are a couple of good surf schools where you can book lessons and rent the appropriate equipment, and the wide arc of sand and huge length of beach make it a great place to learn. There are plenty of other water sports to try too, including kayaking and the new craze that’s sweeping the nation, stand-up paddleboarding.
Also home to the Royal North Devon Golf Club, one of England’s oldest courses which reaches across the Northam Burrows Country Park, backing this is a riding stables where you can join a hack across the Burrows or along the beach during the winter.