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The beach at Westward Ho!

The North Devon coast is renowned for its excellent unspoilt beaches offering miles of clean golden sands, clear blue seas surrounded by dramatic cliff faces and rugged headlands. With many of the beaches located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and often surrounded by National Trust land, they offer stunning scenery all year round, regardless of the season. 

Despite not being as well-known as the award-winning sands at Woolacombe, or Croyde for its reputed surf, the expansive beach at Westward Ho! Backed by a unique pebble ridge does not disappoint, and is popular with families, surfers and anglers. 

With a rather unique pebble backed ridge, the beach at Westward Ho! Is a dynamic coastal form, where the resort consequently faces a constant battle against a changing coastline (find out more about the history of its famous pebble ridge). The moving sands even reveal the remains of a shipwrecked wooden vessel, last seen in 2012 (we believe!). In the 1920’s, a seawall was built as a recognised necessity to help protect the main part of the resort from further erosion. Today, this now serves as a lovely place for a stroll, to admire the unique coastal landscape, and thus has increased the popularity of Westward Ho! As a desirable destination for tourists. 

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