If you rent a caravan in Westward Ho! you will be staying at the only location in the British Isles that has an exclamation mark attached to its name. This quaint seaside resort owes this peculiarity to the novel written by Charles Kingsley in 1863 (Westward Ho!).
There are few coastal resorts as small as this in the UK but it has everything that families need to have the holiday of a lifetime. Its long blue flag beach is sandy but interspersed with a pebble ridge. Over many years tourists would take pebbles from the beach to use as doorstops or paint designs on for paperweights so now the taking of pebbles is restricted.
The sea is a surfer’s paradise and you can hire surf boards and other equipment from North Devon Surf School where you can also book surfing lessons if required. Popular activities on the beach include kite buggy rides and kite and wind surfing as well as swimming.
Also available for hire are deckchairs and beach huts. There are two car parks quite close to the beach so if you have your own equipment you don’t have to walk far with it.
During May through to September an RNLI Lifeguard is in attendance. The entire beach is dog friendly between October and April but not in peak season. Further along the coast (around 10 minutes’ walk) is an area called Northam Burrows where dogs are permitted throughout the whole year.
Royal North Devon Golf Club (the oldest club in England and Wales) is located in Westward Ho! and is popular with both local and international golfers. And for the more adventurous there is a go kart track.
Eating and shopping
You will find a couple of small supermarkets, butcher, newsagent, hairdresser and post office in the centre of the town and as you near the beach there are fast food outlets, pubs, restaurants and amusement centres. Wiley’s Sunshine Café serves the best fish and chips in the area along with a comprehensive menu of pies, pasties and all day breakfast. You can enjoy the food inside, outside when the weather is fine or take it back to your caravan as a takeaway.
Opposite the Sunshine Café is Country Cousins Restaurant which serves a carvery every day during the summer, an a la carte menu and full waitress service. During peak periods you’ll need to book a table.
Although there are larger supermarkets in the nearby town of Bideford, if you rent a caravan in Westward Ho! You’ll find everything you need locally and reasonably priced, so you don’t have to leave the resort unless you want to.
Traditional caravan holiday parks
When you rent a caravan in Westward Ho! the likelihood is that it will be located on one of the two caravan holiday parks in the area -Braddick’s Holiday Centre and Surfbay Holiday Park. Both provide traditional caravan park entertainment and facilities including bar, restaurant, amusements and live entertainment in peak season.
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