Westward Ho! is a beautiful village located in the north of Devon. Just outside Bideford, it’s also close to the other towns of Barnstaple and Bude. Once thought to be the secret of North Devon’s coastline, Westward Ho! has transformed from a small fishing village to a thriving place to live.
Westward Ho! was given its intriguing name from the best-selling 1855 novel by Charles Kingsley and was named in a bid to promote it as an attractive seaside resort. Today, Westward Ho!’s popularity is soaring, with the population nearly doubling to close to 4,000 in the last decade. And at Wain Homes, you’ll find many new homes for sale in Westward Ho!
A stunning Blue Flag beach, ideal for surfing and beach activities
There are six primary schools in the local area rated as “good” by Ofsted
The South West Coast Path is fantastic for lovers of the great outdoors
Westward Ho! enjoys an average of 1545 hours of sunshine every year
The village continues to grow into a thriving community
WHY WESTWARD HO! IS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE
Life in Westward Ho! is all about enjoying the best that Devon has to offer. Westward Ho! beach has Blue Flag status, is 2.5km long and is largely unpopulated making it a fantastic place for families to enjoy the sunshine. And when we’re talking about sunshine, residents of Westward Ho! enjoy an average of 1545 hours of sunshine every year – that’s 52 more hours than the UK average. In the height of summer in June, the village gets an average of 7.3 hours of sunshine each day.
Families with active kids have a great life in Westward Ho!, with the beach popular with surfers. Plus, there are around five surf schools in and around the beach, making it the perfect place to learn a new sport. Walkers can also enjoy the stunning scenery on offer on the West Coast Path – the easy walk along the old railway and up the cliffs is the best way to take in the breath-taking North Devon coastline.
Despite being a small village, parents with primary school age children will be pleased to know that there are six primary schools in the area rated as “good” by Ofsted. They include St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Appledore School, West Croft School and East-the-Water Community Primary School. Bideford is also home to Kingsley School and Bideford College for secondary education.
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In the last decade, the population of Westward Ho! has nearly doubled, with the village experiencing plenty of growth in this time. It offers a fantastic place for new businesses to thrive as well as a growing property market.
At Wain Homes, we have a range of properties for sale in Westward Ho! and in the surrounding Devon area across our new build developments.
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