Westward Ho!

Westward Ho! - Award-winning Blue Flag Beach

Westward Ho! is named after the famous novel by Charles Kingsley. Rudyard Kipling also has many connections with the town.

Westward Ho! - A Blue Flag Beach

Blue Flag beaches have to meet 27 strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services.
The Blue Flag is only valid for one year so every effort has been made to keep up the high standards this year. 

Westward Ho! beach offers over two miles of golden sand backed by a unique pebble ridge linking to Northam Burrows Country Park, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
A pdf icon Beach Map [1Mb] with a break down of the rules of the beach and the beach guidance is available.

If you want to take a look at the the beach there is a surf-webcam : Westward Ho! - Surfcam

Access is fairly easy down a concrete ramp from the town of Westward Ho!
Additional access is also available from Northam Burrows via a rough path over the pebble ridge.

The beach is adjacent to the South West Coast Path and is near to the picturesque villages of Appledore and Clovelly, and the ancient port of Bideford.

Facilities available include several car parks close by, toilets and showers, refreshment facilities, shops, a daily lifeguard and deck chair hire during the summer months.
Both the car parks and the toilets provide facilities for disabled users. A dog exercise area is also provided with restrictions in the Blue Flag area.

The beach has RNLI lifeguard cover between the Spring and Summer seasons (May - September) who oversee the many varieties of activity that the beach lends itself to, everything from horse riding to surfing from Kite Buggying to Kite Surfing!

The beach is also used by many local organisations who utilise the vast area to commercially run their activities, both in and out of the water. 

Westward Ho! Wind Waves & Water Scheme

The Authority has a duty of care to all beach users and therefore has a registration scheme in place called the Westward Ho! Wind Waves and Water scheme. 
This voluntary scheme enables organisations utilising the beach for their business to provide Torridge District Council with details of how they operate disclosing information such as risk assessments and health and safety checks.

Beach Registration Scheme 2013
Beach Registration Scheme
Registered beach operators will brandish this logo.  

The Authority only endorses these registered organisations as suitable, safe operators. 
Torridge District Council recommends that these operators be used in preference to those that have not registered. 

This years registered operators are:

Westward Ho! can be reached by leaving the A39 at Bideford and following signposts along the A386 and the B3236. Bus number 1 from Barnstaple via Bideford offers frequent services to Westward Ho!

Did you know that Westward Ho! is the only place in England that has an ! in its name?

Westward Ho! Blue Flag Beach