Westward Ho! has a healthy choice of Devon seaside holiday cottages and luxury beach apartments overlooking the Atlantic surf. It also has two miles of (dog friendly) sandy beach with superb waves for surfing. Famous for its unusual pebble ridge beach, the Victorian coastal resort of Westward Ho! in North Devon is named after the book of the same name by Victorian Author, Charles Kingsley. To the east, the beach is backed by a pebble bank leading to the Northam Burrows Country Park. In the summer, when the weather is fine the beach is popular with surfers and sand-castle building families alike. There is a vibrant surfing and sailing community in Westward Ho!, with the club and facilities open to visitors renting a holiday cottage or apartment for a week or a weekend and interested in trying out a new sport. There’s also a friendly tennis club with top-of-the-range courts and the option to hire rackets and balls, plus plenty of traditional seaside attractions that will keep children happy should they ever tire of sandcastles and swimming.
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The area surrounding Westward Ho! is bursting with family attractions for everyone such as intriguingly named 'Big Sheep' and ' The Milky Way' – both adventure farm parks with so much for family members of all ages to do and see, providing a wonderful day out. To the west is the picturesque little Devon fishing village of Clovelly. Wander down through its steep pebbled street, past the local shops and crafts to the historic old harbour and the Red Lion pub which does great food. Ride back up on a donkey. The other little fishing village in North Devon is Appledore which has a choice of lovely restaurants, tea rooms and art galleries, such as the Appledore Crafts Gallery and the Sandy Brown Museum (the studio and gallery for one of the UK's most respected potters).
You can always rely on the beautiful countryside of North Devon to provide attractions. It's best viewed by bicycle from the Tarka Trail a 40-mile foot and cyclepath which runs from Braunton along an old railway track to Meeth half way to via Bideford and Great Torrington (home of Dartington Glass) Dartmoor. It offers beautiful estuary and countryside views running alongside the River Taw and then the River Torridge. Most holiday cottages should have storage space if bringing your bikes, but if not, bikes can be hired from the old railway station in Bideford or at The Puffing Billy in Torrington. Head inland to the historic market townof Great Torrington, home of Dartington Glass (pick up a bargin in its Factory Shop) The Royal Horticultural Society has a wonderful showpiece garden at Rosemore just outside Torrington that will appeal to all ages.