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Westward Ho! Beach

  • Bideford
  • Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Beaches

Attraction Information

Westward Ho!

Named and indeed built after Charles Kingsley's 1855 novel this is a sandy beach backing onto a pebble ridge, with excellent swimming in Blue Flagged waters and exploring to be had.

Also offers kite sports (01395 222551) and surfing opportunities, as well as amusement arcades and a putting green.

Lifeguard cover is May to September but please ensure one is within sight before you or your family enter the water.

At very low tides you can see the remains of a mesolithic sunken forest and peat beds, which makes for a nice educational moment.

Please note that the contact information is for the Bideford Tourist Information centre, please plan your journey independently.

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Opening hours

Year round access


Free admission

Travel & Contact Information


Bideford Tourist Information, Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2QQ, England

Phone number

01237 477676



Click here to visit Westward Ho! Beach's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Westward Ho! Beach has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

No, Westward Ho! Beach is not wheelchair friendly.

No, Westward Ho! Beach have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Westward Ho! Beach has not told us if they are dog friendly.

Additional Info

Anything else I should know?

There is an onsite shop

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