Westward Ho! in North Devon - Great Surfing, Swimming and Ice Creams

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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. 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. To the east, the beach is backed by a pebble bank leading to the Northam Burrows Country Park. When the weather is fine in the summer, the beach is popular with surfers and sandcastle-building families. 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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A stunning new North Devon beach apartment for 2015 in Westward Ho! This beautiful seaside holiday apartment has a contemporary interior, high-quality spec with a balcony and fantastic sea views, directly overlooking the beach in this family-friendly resort.

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5
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3

Cecily Cottage is located in an elevated position of Westward Ho!, providing beautiful views of the ocean and the North Devon coastline. This pet-friendly Victorian holiday cottage can accommodate up to five people and features a relaxing enclosed garden, bold décor, and a wood-burning stove. It is close to the beach.

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Exterior of a 5-storey brick built block of seaside holiday apartments in North Devon.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

37 Ocean Park boasts impressive, far-reaching coastal views over Westward Ho! The sophisticated holiday apartment in North Devon sleeps four and offers light-filled spaces with an open-plan design, large windows, a sunny balcony and clean sea breezes.

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The area surrounding Westward Ho! is bursting with family attractions for everyone, such as the 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 fantastic 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 excellent food. Ride back upon 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 cycle path which runs from Braunton along an old railway track to Meeth halfway to via Bideford and Great Torrington (home of Dartington Glass) Dartmoor. It offers beautiful estuary and countryside views alongside the River Taw and 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 town of Great Torrington, home of Dartington Glass (pick up a bargain in its Factory Shop). The Royal Horticultural Society has a beautiful showpiece garden at Rosemore outside Torrington that will appeal to all ages.