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Westward Ho!

Westward Ho! is a quaintly-named sea-side town in Torridge, Devon, England, near Bideford. Beware however, that's where the quaintness ends. Westward Ho! is in some need of investment, however it retains a good variety of quality local businesses, and its beach is highly regarded and noted for the cleanliness of its water.


Westward Ho!'s unusual name comes from the title of a book by Charles Kingsley, Westward Ho! - the exclamation mark is an intentional part of the town's name, and the only such place name in the United Kingdom.

This quaint holiday village is benefiting now from inward investment with a large part of the village being regenerated with restaurants, hotels and luxury apartments being built. The number of tourists to the area is increasing the lure being the fabulous beach and extra curricular surfing activity.

Get in[edit]

The town can be found to the north of the A39 road, providing easy access from the towns of Barnstaple, Bideford and Bude. It lies at the south end of Northam Burrows, and faces westward into Bideford Bay, opposite Saunton Sands and Braunton Burrows.

Get around[edit]

The town is served by local buses linking it to the local population centres, including Barnstaple and Bideford, as well as some long-distance National Express services. [1]



Westward Ho! is well known for its surfing seas and the long expanse of clean sand backed by a pebble ridge. Other attractions of the town include the arcades, go kart track and the grasslands behind the pebble ridge.





There are also a variety of holiday cottages and caravans located close to the beach and with amazing sea views.

Additionally, there is more accommodation in neighbouring Bideford and Northam, a short drive or bus ride away.

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