Westward Ho! is a quaintly-named sea-side town in Torridge, Devon, England, near Bideford. Beware however, that's where the quaintness ends. Westward Ho! is in dire need of investment, it looks very run-down and there is literally nothing there and what little there needs a good lick of paint. Nothing to walk around or enjoy, a much better bet is Croyde Bay or Woolacombe.
Westward Ho!'s unusual name comes from the title of a book by Charles Kingsley, Westward Ho! - the exclamation mark is an intentional part of the town's name, and the only such place name in the United Kingdom.
This quaint oil day village is benefiting now from inward investment with a large part of the village being regenerated with restaurants, hotels and luxury apartments being built. The number of tourists to the area is increasing the lure being the fabulous beach and extra curricular surfing activity.
The town can be found to the north of the A39 road, providing easy access from the towns of Barnstaple, Bideford and Bude. It lies at the south end of Northam Burrows, and faces westward into Bideford Bay, opposite Saunton Sands and Braunton Burrows.
Westward Ho! is well known for its surfing seas and the long expanse of clean sand backed by a pebble ridge. Other attractions of the town include the arcades, go kart track and the grasslands behind the pebble ridge.
For luxury holiday cottages in the Westward Ho! and North Devon area, please visit www.bluechipvacations.com. Telephone 01803 855282. There is a variety of holiday cottages located close to the the beach and with amazing sea views.