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

Dog Friendly Beach?

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

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


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Westward Ho! 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 11℃ to 12.9℃ with wind speed 10.4 m/sec (SW)
Wednesday, Mar 22rainshowers_night
Expect a temp in the range 8.8℃ to 11.2℃ with wind speed 13.6 m/sec (SSW)
Thursday, Mar 23fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 8℃ to 8.4℃ with wind speed 11.2 m/sec (SW)
Friday, Mar 24fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 8.5℃ to 8.7℃ with wind speed 17 m/sec (SW)
Saturday, Mar 25rainshowers_night
Expect a temp in the range 7.7℃ to 8.9℃ with wind speed 10.8 m/sec (WSW)
Sunday, Mar 26fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 6.3℃ to 7.8℃ with wind speed 4.2 m/sec (NW)
Monday, Mar 27fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 2.5℃ to 5.2℃ with wind speed 6.1 m/sec (NNW)

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. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Tue 21 Mar
   Low Tide at 00:02 (Height 0.02m)
   High Tide at 05:30 (Height 8.07m)
   Low Tide at 12:25 (Height -0.32m)
   High Tide at 17:55 (Height 8.04m)
Wed 22 Mar
   Low Tide at 00:45 (Height -0.24m)
   High Tide at 06:12 (Height 8.36m)
   Low Tide at 13:08 (Height -0.42m)
   High Tide at 18:34 (Height 8.19m)
Thu 23 Mar
   Low Tide at 01:26 (Height -0.26m)
   High Tide at 06:52 (Height 8.35m)
   Low Tide at 13:48 (Height -0.30m)
   High Tide at 19:11 (Height 8.09m)
Fri 24 Mar
   Low Tide at 02:03 (Height -0.07m)
   High Tide at 07:29 (Height 8.06m)
   Low Tide at 14:24 (Height 0.01m)
   High Tide at 19:47 (Height 7.75m)
Sat 25 Mar
   Low Tide at 02:34 (Height 0.24m)
   High Tide at 08:04 (Height 7.54m)
   Low Tide at 14:55 (Height 0.40m)
   High Tide at 20:22 (Height 7.24m)
Sun 26 Mar
   Low Tide at 02:59 (Height 0.57m)
   High Tide at 08:37 (Height 6.89m)
   Low Tide at 15:20 (Height 0.79m)
   High Tide at 20:57 (Height 6.61m)
Mon 27 Mar
   Low Tide at 03:25 (Height 0.89m)
   High Tide at 09:10 (Height 6.17m)
   Low Tide at 15:49 (Height 1.13m)
   High Tide at 21:35 (Height 5.93m)

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