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 -0.3℃ to 3.1℃ with wind speed 1.8 m/sec (ESE)
Sunday, Jan 29cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 6.6℃ to 7.1℃ with wind speed 4.5 m/sec (WSW)
Monday, Jan 30cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 6.8℃ to 9.8℃ with wind speed 9.3 m/sec (W)
Tuesday, Jan 31cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 8.2℃ to 9.3℃ with wind speed 5.2 m/sec (WSW)
Wednesday, Feb 01partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 7.1℃ to 7.8℃ with wind speed 7.7 m/sec (WNW)
Thursday, Feb 02lightrainshowers_night
Expect a temp in the range 8.1℃ to 8.9℃ with wind speed 9 m/sec (WNW)
Friday, Feb 03cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 8.3℃ to 9.2℃ with wind speed 4.4 m/sec (WNW)

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.

Sat 28 Jan
   Low Tide at 04:51 (Height 0.92m)
   High Tide at 10:35 (Height 6.30m)
   Low Tide at 17:20 (Height 0.98m)
   High Tide at 23:06 (Height 5.85m)
Sun 29 Jan
   Low Tide at 05:32 (Height 1.17m)
   High Tide at 11:34 (Height 5.71m)
   Low Tide at 18:07 (Height 1.25m)
Mon 30 Jan
   High Tide at 00:10 (Height 5.42m)
   Low Tide at 06:22 (Height 1.41m)
   High Tide at 12:44 (Height 5.29m)
   Low Tide at 19:04 (Height 1.47m)
Tue 31 Jan
   High Tide at 01:21 (Height 5.23m)
   Low Tide at 07:23 (Height 1.59m)
   High Tide at 13:56 (Height 5.13m)
   Low Tide at 20:15 (Height 1.57m)
Wed 01 Feb
   High Tide at 02:28 (Height 5.30m)
   Low Tide at 08:41 (Height 1.64m)
   High Tide at 14:59 (Height 5.24m)
   Low Tide at 21:34 (Height 1.49m)
Thu 02 Feb
   High Tide at 03:28 (Height 5.58m)
   Low Tide at 10:03 (Height 1.49m)
   High Tide at 15:54 (Height 5.50m)
   Low Tide at 22:36 (Height 1.29m)
Fri 03 Feb
   High Tide at 04:20 (Height 5.95m)
   Low Tide at 11:01 (Height 1.25m)
   High Tide at 16:40 (Height 5.84m)
   Low Tide at 23:24 (Height 1.08m)

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