About Westward Ho!

A long, flat, pretty featureless sandy beach that stretches from the town to the Taw estuary. Not ideal for defined banks and consequently the waves here tend to be pretty short, fat and fickle. Water quality can be low.

Source: Westward Ho! Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Popular with beginners.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Chilled vibe, popular with longboarders.

Crowd Factor

Mellow

Mellow Heavy

Pretty quiet.

Spot Rating

Poor

Poor Perfect

Not a classic, not even a local classic - but can be fun and will be less crowded than better spots.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Hard work in anything but small waves.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

OK, can be nasty after heavy rains due to proximity to Taw.

Additional Information

Hazards

Rips when big.

Access

Northam Burrows car park is right on the beachfront.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, sup, bodyboard

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

September - November and March - May work best.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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