Kathrin's Guidebook

Kathrin
Kathrin's Guidebook

Food Scene

Retro style tea room with amazing cakes, cream teas and sandwiches. Leave your phone number if they're busy and they will ring you once they have a table available.
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Tea On The Green
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Retro style tea room with amazing cakes, cream teas and sandwiches. Leave your phone number if they're busy and they will ring you once they have a table available.
Lovely little Italian a short drive away in Bideford. Booking in advance recommended as they do get busy.
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Belluno Bideford
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Lovely little Italian a short drive away in Bideford. Booking in advance recommended as they do get busy.
Tasty fish & chips, takeaway or eat outside on the terrace.
Atlantic Bay
Tasty fish & chips, takeaway or eat outside on the terrace.
Hockings Ice cream vans can be found on the green in Westward Ho! as well as in Bideford (amongst other places). Locally made ice cream. Their signature flavour is a clotted cream style vanilla. A must for your visit if you like ice cream!
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Hockings Dairy Cream Ices
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Hockings Ice cream vans can be found on the green in Westward Ho! as well as in Bideford (amongst other places). Locally made ice cream. Their signature flavour is a clotted cream style vanilla. A must for your visit if you like ice cream!

Sightseeing

Miles of sand, ideal for surfing, kite surfing, sand castle building and rock pooling. Check out the tide times to plan your beach visit!
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Westward Ho!
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Miles of sand, ideal for surfing, kite surfing, sand castle building and rock pooling. Check out the tide times to plan your beach visit!
Pretty little village not far from Ocean Wave flat
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Appledore
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Pretty little village not far from Ocean Wave flat
Clovelly is located 10 miles west of Westward Ho!, just off the A39. It is a traditional Devon village with a cobbled High Street and picturesque 14th century quay. We would suggest only visiting in dry weather, as the cobbles can be slippery when wet. Also, please note that the streets are quite steep and not suitable for wheelchairs. There is an admission fee to the village, once you park in the main car park, make your way to the visitor centre and this is the point to pay and access the village.
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Clovelly
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Clovelly is located 10 miles west of Westward Ho!, just off the A39. It is a traditional Devon village with a cobbled High Street and picturesque 14th century quay. We would suggest only visiting in dry weather, as the cobbles can be slippery when wet. Also, please note that the streets are quite steep and not suitable for wheelchairs. There is an admission fee to the village, once you park in the main car park, make your way to the visitor centre and this is the point to pay and access the village.
The large green expanse you can see from Ocean Wave at the back of the beach is called the Northam Burrows Country Park. This is a great place to go for a walk. To get there, walk through the village and out behind the Go Karting and you will find yourself on the Burrows. You can walk along the back of the pebble ridge all the way across to the Taw and Torridge River Estuary and loop round over the sand dunes and back into the village. The Northam Burrows are an area of around 700 acres of salt marshes, grasslands and dunes. This Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is rich in flora and fauna and is a good spot to see migratory birds.
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Northam Burrows Country Park
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The large green expanse you can see from Ocean Wave at the back of the beach is called the Northam Burrows Country Park. This is a great place to go for a walk. To get there, walk through the village and out behind the Go Karting and you will find yourself on the Burrows. You can walk along the back of the pebble ridge all the way across to the Taw and Torridge River Estuary and loop round over the sand dunes and back into the village. The Northam Burrows are an area of around 700 acres of salt marshes, grasslands and dunes. This Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is rich in flora and fauna and is a good spot to see migratory birds.

City/town information

On the opposite bank of the estuary to Appledore, Instow is a small village with a sandy estuary beach, backed by sand dunes. You will find several nice eateries there, including the Instow Arms (modern pub food) and the Boathouse (Seafood Restaurant). We would recommend booking a table in season, as it tends to get busy. There is free on road parking and there is also a pay and display car park.
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Instow
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On the opposite bank of the estuary to Appledore, Instow is a small village with a sandy estuary beach, backed by sand dunes. You will find several nice eateries there, including the Instow Arms (modern pub food) and the Boathouse (Seafood Restaurant). We would recommend booking a table in season, as it tends to get busy. There is free on road parking and there is also a pay and display car park.
Bideford’s old arched stone bridge was built in 1535. The original bridge was built from timber in 1300, and was replaced by a stone bridge in the 15th century. In the 16th Century, Bideford was Britain’s third largest port. The name of the town is derived from by-the-ford, presumably from the days before the bridge was constructed. Today, Bideford is a thriving shopping centre with an historic Pannier Market holding both produce and crafts markets twice each week.
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Bideford
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Bideford’s old arched stone bridge was built in 1535. The original bridge was built from timber in 1300, and was replaced by a stone bridge in the 15th century. In the 16th Century, Bideford was Britain’s third largest port. The name of the town is derived from by-the-ford, presumably from the days before the bridge was constructed. Today, Bideford is a thriving shopping centre with an historic Pannier Market holding both produce and crafts markets twice each week.
The largest town in North Devon is Barnstaple on the River Taw. This ancient town was granted its charter in 930 AD by King Aethelstan - the grandson of Alfred the Great. Barnstaple has a partly pedestrianized centre and features many fine buildings and attractive narrow streets and alleys. The oldest surviving part of town is the Norman mound and remnants of the original Norman castle wall can still be seen. There is also the ornate Queen Anne’s Walk and the 13th century Long Bridge. There are plenty of shopping opportunities including the Pannier Market as well as places to eat, both chain and independent. Pannier Market days are themed as follows: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday: General market - Fresh local produce, flowers, clothing, footwear, books, prints, crafts, and much more. Open all year round. Mondays and Thursdays: Craft and general - A variety of stalls from general goods to local crafts Monday: open April-Christmas, Thursday: open all year round Wednesdays: Antiques and collectables Open all year round
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Barnstaple
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The largest town in North Devon is Barnstaple on the River Taw. This ancient town was granted its charter in 930 AD by King Aethelstan - the grandson of Alfred the Great. Barnstaple has a partly pedestrianized centre and features many fine buildings and attractive narrow streets and alleys. The oldest surviving part of town is the Norman mound and remnants of the original Norman castle wall can still be seen. There is also the ornate Queen Anne’s Walk and the 13th century Long Bridge. There are plenty of shopping opportunities including the Pannier Market as well as places to eat, both chain and independent. Pannier Market days are themed as follows: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday: General market - Fresh local produce, flowers, clothing, footwear, books, prints, crafts, and much more. Open all year round. Mondays and Thursdays: Craft and general - A variety of stalls from general goods to local crafts Monday: open April-Christmas, Thursday: open all year round Wednesdays: Antiques and collectables Open all year round
A little further afield (approx 50 min drive from Westward Ho!) but definitely worth a visit are Lynton and Lynmouth. There is a cliff railway (built in 1888) that links the two towns. If you park in Lynton, you can take a walk around town and then take the cliff railway into Lynton with its beach and harbour. A small charge applies to obtain a return ticket on the railway.
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Lynmouth
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A little further afield (approx 50 min drive from Westward Ho!) but definitely worth a visit are Lynton and Lynmouth. There is a cliff railway (built in 1888) that links the two towns. If you park in Lynton, you can take a walk around town and then take the cliff railway into Lynton with its beach and harbour. A small charge applies to obtain a return ticket on the railway.

Shopping

There is an indoor shopping centre here, some of these are outlets with up to 30% off high street prices. There is a Costa and a Cornish Pasty Shop to refuel too.
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Affinity Devon Outlet Shopping
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There is an indoor shopping centre here, some of these are outlets with up to 30% off high street prices. There is a Costa and a Cornish Pasty Shop to refuel too.
There is a Pannier Market in Bideford, trading Tuesdays to Saturdays, whilst Butchers’ Row (a selection of small mainly craft shops) is open Monday to Saturday. You will find the Pannier Market by walking up the High Street and taking a left turn into Grenville Street. A little way down this street is the pannier market.
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Bideford Pannier Market
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There is a Pannier Market in Bideford, trading Tuesdays to Saturdays, whilst Butchers’ Row (a selection of small mainly craft shops) is open Monday to Saturday. You will find the Pannier Market by walking up the High Street and taking a left turn into Grenville Street. A little way down this street is the pannier market.
Small convenience style shop in Westward Ho!
Tesco Express
Small convenience style shop in Westward Ho!
Nearest large supermarket to stock up for a full shop. Also has the nearest petrol station.
Morrisons
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Nearest large supermarket to stock up for a full shop. Also has the nearest petrol station.

Day's out

A family day out at this amusement park which has animals and attractions. Ideal for days out with toddlers and young children. Includes some attractions indoors for bad weather days.
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The BIG Sheep
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A family day out at this amusement park which has animals and attractions. Ideal for days out with toddlers and young children. Includes some attractions indoors for bad weather days.
Lundy Island lies 10 miles of the coast of North Devon and can be seen on the horizon from Westward Ho!. It is a three mile long island with an abundance of birds (incl puffins), seals, three lighthouses, a castle and much more. It’s a lovely place for long walks exploring the flora and fauna. There is also a pub on the island and some places to buy refreshments but it may be an idea to pack a picnic too. To get there, take the MS Oldenburg to Lundy Island which takes approx 2 hours. It departs from Bideford Quay (see latest timetable online). It’s a fairly large boat so quite steady even if seas are a bit choppy. But if you think you may get sea-sick, we would recommend avoiding doing this on a day with rough seas. Runs March to October.
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Lundy Island Harbour
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Lundy Island lies 10 miles of the coast of North Devon and can be seen on the horizon from Westward Ho!. It is a three mile long island with an abundance of birds (incl puffins), seals, three lighthouses, a castle and much more. It’s a lovely place for long walks exploring the flora and fauna. There is also a pub on the island and some places to buy refreshments but it may be an idea to pack a picnic too. To get there, take the MS Oldenburg to Lundy Island which takes approx 2 hours. It departs from Bideford Quay (see latest timetable online). It’s a fairly large boat so quite steady even if seas are a bit choppy. But if you think you may get sea-sick, we would recommend avoiding doing this on a day with rough seas. Runs March to October.

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Don't miss some family fun

Amusements There are two amusement arcades in Westward Ho!, both located at the back of the beach. They have rides for younger children as well as amusements for all the family. Entry is free. Pebble Ridge Adventure Golf & Go Carts There is an 18 hole adventure golf here as well as go carts, orbitors and battery powered quad bikes. It is located just behind the pebble ridge, before you access the Northam Burrows. Open from April to October. Westward Ho! Park There is a small park with a playground and free to use tennis courts, accessible from the pedestrian path at the back of the main ca
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Tide times

The beach at Westward Ho! varies a lot, depending on whether it is high or low tide. Make sure to check out tide times. If you want to dig in the sand with the little ones or go rock pooling, aim for 1-2 hours before high tide and you'll have a good day of it.