Westward Ho! Beach
Westward Living holiday cottages are located up on the Tors over looking Westward Ho! Beach, Only a 5 minute drive in the car or if you would rather walk and explore the coastline it will take you about 20. - 25minutes. If you take a camera it will probably take you longer as you will be spoilt for choice with all the photo opportunities. Westward Ho! beach has been awarded The Blue Flag for the 13th year running, it is the only beach in North Devon to have this status. The Blue Flag is an exclusive eco-label awarded to over 3200 beaches and marinas in 37 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, New Zealand, Canada and the Caribbean in the past year. The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the independent non-profit organisation Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Westward Ho! is a haven for beach lovers - and golfers too, who can enjoy a relaxing round at the Royal North Devon Course. More than two miles of golden sand backed by a unique pebble ridge linking to Northam Burrows Country Park, which is part of the UK's only United Nations Biosphere Reserve.
Access is fairly easy down a concrete ramp from the town of Westward Ho! There is plenty of parking in the village and an assortment of places to purchase or rent essential beach equipment such has buckets and spades, wind breaks, wet suits or inflatables.
Westward Ho! is also famous amongst locals for Hockings ice cream a must for anyone visiting the beach! There is nothing quite like the taste of Hockings ice cream, the recipe is a family secret which many visitors have tried to guess over the years.
Surfing and kite surfing companies are peppered along the seafront , offering lessons to adrenalin junkies of all ages and abilities, we are also lucky to have an eclectic selection of eateries, penny arcades and quirky souvenir shops all within easy reach of the beach. If you are holidaying in Westward Ho!, a day at the beach is a must.
About an hour away from Westward Ho! Woolacombe Bay is located on the other side of the coast. It's a big favourite for surfers, attracting thousands of people each summer to this and its bohemian edged resort. This is one of the reasons it is fast becoming renowned as an international surfing hotspot. You will find kiss me quick hats, donuts and postcards galore, the summer is very busy however its a great day out for beach lovers.
Geographically, the beach lies between the rugged, unspoilt Baggy and Morte Points. The rolling surf brings unbroken Atlantic breakers from across thousands of miles of ocean to pound on this three-mile long stretch of golden sand.
Located just over 20 miles away from your luxurious Westward Living holiday cottage,Croyde Bay is a sandy beach backed by sand dunes and situated in a small bay on the North Devon Coast. The beach is very popular with swimmers, more experienced surfers. There is an RNLI Lifeguard service available from May to September, throughout Easter weekend, all October weekends and October Half Term. There are good rock pools at either end of the beach, several public footpaths around the village, and, in particular, walks to Baggy point which offer spectacular views. With dogs allowed October to April.
Saunton Sands is a long straight sandy beach backed by the impressive Braunton Burrows a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The beach is more suited to beginners and intermediate surfers than the northern Croyde Bay. Dogs are allowed between October and April. Walks to Crow Point are refreshing and provide some amazing views across the coastline. Saunton gets very busy in the summer and has limited parking.
Combe Martin is a small town on the North Devon coast about an hours drive from Westward Living. The beach is made up from shingle and pebbles, its not great for sunbathing but a fab spot for rock pooling. It's a great location for swimming as its sheltered position means that it's protected from particularly strong currents or waves. However, there is no lifeguard service so care should be taken.
Just to the east of Combe Martin Bay are the Hangman hills, the Hangman cliffs are made up of Little Hangman and the Great Hangman. The Great Hangman is a hog-backed hill of 1043 ft with a cliff-face of 820 ft, making it the highest cliff in southern Britain, and can be reached by following the South West Coast Path which runs through the village. Combe Martin lies within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.