Westward Ho! Beach (aka Sandymere & Northam beaches)

The beach at Westward Ho! is known for its surf and clean sand backed by a pebble ridge and grasslands which extends for about three miles. The beach is one long stretch but sections have their own names including Sandymere beach and Northam beach. At low tide the many rock pools which will keep children entertained.

The beach has designated surfing areas and with plenty of sea bass, it attracts anglers.

One of the best access points to the beach other than the town is at the Northam Burrows Country Park Site of Special Scientific Interest, about 253 hectares of grassy coastal plain with salt marsh, sand dunes and generally unimproved grasslands.

Facilities vary along the beach but include several car parks, toilets and showers, refreshment facilities, shops, and seasonal lifeguards.

Westward Ho! Beach is a Blue Flag Beach and has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.Westward Ho! Beach is a Blue Flag Beach

We have no current information on dog restrictions for Westward Ho! Beach.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 7 beaches at Bideford, 96 beaches in Devon, or check our list of Devon Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Westward Ho! Beach Photos

Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 15.5℃ to 16.3℃ with wind speed 1.3 m/sec (SE)
Wednesday, Aug 17
Expect a temp in the range 16.3℃ to 16.8℃ with wind speed 4.1 m/sec (NNE)
Thursday, Aug 18
Expect a temp in the range 15.4℃ to 15.7℃ with wind speed 2.5 m/sec (NW)
Friday, Aug 19
Expect a temp in the range 15.7℃ to 18.2℃ with wind speed 6.1 m/sec (W)
Saturday, Aug 20
Expect a temp in the range 13.9℃ to 15.2℃ with wind speed 2.7 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Aug 21
Expect a temp in the range 15.6℃ to 16.4℃ with wind speed 5.2 m/sec (SW)
Monday, Aug 22
Expect a temp in the range 18.3℃ to 18.5℃ with wind speed 8.6 m/sec (SW)

Bideford weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Westward Ho! Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Westward Ho! Beach is at Appledore 2.52 km (1.56 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height.

Tue 16 Aug
   Low Tide at 04:14 (Height 0.25m)
   High Tide at 09:37 (Height 7.16m)
   Low Tide at 16:25 (Height 0.48m)
   High Tide at 21:55 (Height 7.15m)
Wed 17 Aug
   Low Tide at 04:48 (Height 0.55m)
   High Tide at 10:16 (Height 6.65m)
   Low Tide at 16:53 (Height 0.73m)
   High Tide at 22:34 (Height 6.53m)
Thu 18 Aug
   Low Tide at 05:19 (Height 0.85m)
   High Tide at 10:57 (Height 6.08m)
   Low Tide at 17:24 (Height 0.96m)
   High Tide at 23:16 (Height 5.88m)
Fri 19 Aug
   Low Tide at 05:55 (Height 1.12m)
   High Tide at 11:45 (Height 5.53m)
   Low Tide at 18:05 (Height 1.21m)
   High Tide at 00:07 (Height 5.28m)
Sat 20 Aug
   Low Tide at 06:39 (Height 1.38m)
   High Tide at 12:48 (Height 5.07m)
   Low Tide at 18:56 (Height 1.47m)
Sun 21 Aug
   High Tide at 01:19 (Height 4.84m)
   Low Tide at 07:33 (Height 1.60m)
   High Tide at 14:07 (Height 4.87m)
   Low Tide at 19:58 (Height 1.69m)
Mon 22 Aug
   High Tide at 02:41 (Height 4.73m)
   Low Tide at 08:38 (Height 1.72m)
   High Tide at 15:22 (Height 4.99m)
   Low Tide at 21:12 (Height 1.77m)

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