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Westward Ho! Beach

Westward Ho! Beach and Northam Burrows Country Park

Westward Ho! Beach stretches for a couple of miles (2.5km), when the sea is out at low tide it’s a lovely vast sandy beach of around 800m wide. It has amazing waves so a hotspot for surfers and kite surfers. Facing westwards into Bideford Bay.

Lovely to see horses and sheep grazing on coastal grassland.

Sandy Beach 
Blue Flag Award beach 
Swimming/sunbathing – Family beach
Lifeguarded Summer
Golf Course skims along the edge of the beach.

Nr Bideford, Westward Ho, Bideford, Devon, EX39 1HN

Great access at either end. 


Three three points to park with ample parking.

Northam Burrows car park is the closest to the town and generally most busy.

Park in the country park car park at the end of Sandymere Road. This has huge amounts of parking and tends to be full of surfers vans. 

The other is the most remote and more walkers and people walking dogs. Burrows Lane and the parking is at the back of the beach and facing Appledore. Parking here you can walk alone the estuary and along greysand beach to go round the corner to the far end and most remote part of Westward Ho! Beach.


Westward Ho! offers all the tourist needs of a seaside town.

Northam Burrows Country Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. (SSSI) positioned at the edge of the Taw Torridge Estuary. 253 hectares of grassy coastal plain, salt marsh (Skern), and sand dunes. The grassy plains & marshes become flooded at high tide. 
The Burrows Centre, Sandymere Rd, Northam, Bideford EX39 1XS

Westward Ho! Pebble Ridge famous natural landmark nearly 2 miles of natural formation.

Dogs are allowed anywhere between 1st October and 30 April but in the summer season the section closest to Westward Ho! is dog free zone. Park in the middle at the Northam Burrows Country Park walk through the gap in the pebble ridge and turn right in front of Sandymere, and this is dog friendly all year long.

Other Options:

Leave Westward Ho! and walk out of the South West Coast Path along the cliffs heading towards Hartland Point.

South West Coast Path Westward Ho!

Louise Burton-Payne

Passionate about feeding my body a plant-based vegan food to benefit my health, save the planet and protect animals.

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