Westward Ho!

  • The Village

  • Food and Drink

  • Activities

  • History

The Village

The Westward Ho! beach is one of so many beautiful, large, sandy beaches in North Devon.  It is a Blue Flag beach and in the summer the beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards – see RNLI pages for more info on dates and times.

Using the beach is one of the main attractions of the area.  When the tide is in there is no beach left and it can come in quite quickly – particularly over the rockpools.  Take particular care if you are walking on beaches nearby which have cliffs which will limit your ability to escape an incoming tide.  Local tide time information can be found on the met office website.

There are the remains of three shipwrecks on the beach which can sometimes be seen at very low tides.  However, often they are not seen for many years at a time as they are covered by the shifting sands. 

There are public toilets in the village behind the green.


There are three well stocked convenience stores in Westward Ho!  The Spar is closest to the apartment, just next to the green and there is a Londis on Nelson Road.  Tesco Express can be found on Golf Links Road towards Westbourne Terrace.  The nearest big supermarket is Morrison’s in Bideford.

However, there are also lots of opportunities to buy from local and independent producers.  Westward Ho! has a butcher and bakery and there is an organic farm shop in Northam.  There are delis and fishmongers in Appledore (with a new wet fish shop at the Quay in Appledore) and other surrounding towns.  It’s also worth considering the many markets in the local area including Bideford and Barnstaple and a relatively new farmers market in Appledore on the first Saturday of the month.


Westward Ho! has plenty of coffee shop options and snack huts around the slipway.  Hockings Ice Cream has its factory based in Appledore and is the most local ice cream that you can get!  There are two of the distinctive yellow and red Hockings vans based in Westward Ho! come rain or shine throughout the summer season from March till October – one traditional van on the front by the green and the only Hockings flavour van by the slipway.  Westward Ho! also boasts several shops where you can buy tasteful seaside décor, souvenirs, kit for the beach like buckets and spades, a kite shop, hardware store, pharmacy, and an angling shop.