Did you know that Westward Ho! is the only place in the UK that officially has an ! as part of its name?!
I popped down there in early September for a family getaway. A small little town with the most amazing beach, long, wide and sandy, plus pebble lined right up to the sand dunes.
The family did a bit more exploring in the local area, but I wanted to have a proper chill out, read, work on my blog and of course practise my surfing skills! So I did. Here’s my pick of the best things to do in Westward Ho! in North Devon, without venturing very far at all…
1/ Get Wet
If you’re not a surfer you can body board, paddle board or even just go for a dip in the sea. No excuse not to don your latest swim gear and enjoy those Atlantic waters. If you do fancy a surf there’s a few local companies, I had lessons with Surf SUP Academy – Rob was great and as we’ve been here out of season I had some one on one surf instructor time which was been really helpful. My mum even came down for one lesson which was amazing, really fun to do it together!
2/ Ice Cream
Probably a given but the local producer Hocking’s literally makes it around the corner in Appledore. I’d been advised not to speak negatively of it or you might get some bad looks from the locals! Admittedly the vanilla was the nicest I’d had a long long time, plus salted caramel and feedback from the fam said that cherry was also great. You can find their vans throughout North Devon, ONLY – they don’t sell outside of this area so it’s a definite must try!
3/ Local Cafés
Rock Pool Café was my favourite (see pic), the Rock Pool Rabit and their club butties are GREAT. Otherwise A Slice of Life are serving up classic café favourites – perfect for a post surf/swim/walk energy replenisher.
4/ Beach Walks
I mean that’s a given right?
5/ Visit Appledore
This gorgeous little seaside town just 2 miles up the coast is adorned with insta worthy coloured houses, cute shops and a harbour overlooking the neighbouring town of Instow. After a coastal walk from Westward Ho! you can conveniently end up with food, drink and a gorgeous sea view at the newly refurbished Royal George. With a menu that changes daily I can imagine going back here more than once would be a great idea, mmm. There’s a little Maritime Museum in Appledore too, plus you can grab one of those delicious Hocking’s ice creams on the sea front there as well.
6/ Eat at Moran’s
Moran’s serves a really delicious Thai meal, just next to where we were staying (I mean Westward Ho! isn’t exactly big so you can’t really miss it). Possibly the hottest Thai red curry I’ve ever had, but very well flavoured, the beef Masaman was nutty and smooth and if you’re not about the Thai food (why on earth not), they’ve got some traditional English meals on offer too. Also, plenty of veggie dishes for those who don’t eat meat. A must try.
7/ Fish & Chips
Another seaside must do – head to the Golden Fry (next to Moran’s actually), I’ll say no more.
8/ Watch the sunset
There’s a cute little bar with a balcony area over looking the sea (I think it’s called Fairway Bouys but I could be wrong). We managed to get a great table and view for the gorgeous sunset on Wednesday night. If you don’t fancy the bar, the sea wall over looks in the same direction. We snapped away about a million photos as the colours changed throughout, check a few out…
9/ Pub Quiz
Sundays at the Waterfront Inn & Thursdays at the Village Inn are pub quiz nights. Hours of fun with your team, and in fact the Waterfront Inn one we did was a quiz you actually knew the answers to. Normally I sit at quizzes like IDK but this time I was feeling like a valuable team member – WINNER (ok we didn’t win but we weren’t far off)!
Read a book, take in the sea air and just chill out. That’s what I’ve been doing and I feel better for it. Also more tired, but relaxed tired. I think. I hope. Back to work Monday, but for now, one last ice cream…
Check out other places to visit in the UK here.