Our entertainments officer, Buster has been working extremely hard this summer at Stibb Hollow Cabin, so we took him for a well deserved day out at Westwood Ho! beach this week. We visited the newly built visitor centre which is located at the Northam Burrows end of the beach. You can drive your car right to the end and park close to the visitor centre. There is a all day fee parking fee of £5, this allows you to come and go all day. The visitor centre has a cafè, exhibition centre, mini aquarium, toilets and wheelchair accessible changing facilities. The great thing about parking here is it is much quieter at this end of the beach (although please be aware that dogs are allowed here off lead). Westwood Ho! is a Blue Flag beach and is great for body boarding, as well as lots of surfers, swimmers, and kite surfers. The RNLI have two life guard stations, one at the Westwood Ho! end and one the Northam Burrows end. Please check tide times. At high tide the water comes right up to the pebble ridge, but at low tide the sea goes out a good half mile or so, revealing a beautifully flat and sandy beach. We use the Magic Seaweed app for tide times and Safer Seas and River Service app for water quality etc.
Westwood Ho! village has several cafes, pubs and eateries to suit all tastes. It also has an arcade and seaside type entertainment. It gets very busy at this end of the beach in the height of summer. There are several surf schools and board hire places here. We have used North Devon Surf School for board and wet suit hire and for SUP lessons and would be happy to recommend them. WWH has a sea pool which has recently been refurbished so if sea swimming is not for you, the pool is a refreshing way to enjoy the water. For those who like to walk, you can pick up the South West Coast Path just past the Pier House (which has a lovely veranda overlooking the sea). There is a free car park here, but it does get busy as there are no restrictions on the length of time you can park there. The South West Coast Path is a gorgeous walk with fields on one side and the ocean on the other, its very uneven underfoot but a lovely walk.