We’re inviting keen birdwatchers and wildlife fans to the area this summer and through into the autumn and winter. This part of Devon is a great place to spot all sorts of wildlife, especially birds.
We have several dedicated birdwatching spots nearby but lots of interesting birds also frequent our site regularly and you can even get a boat out to Lundy to see the puffins too, so there are plenty of opportunities for sightings.
Keen birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts are welcome to come and stay with us but we’re also hoping people new to the hobby will get involved too when they holiday here. Birdwatching is a very relaxing pastime. It’s highly enjoyable and time well spent, away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
We’re located on the breath-taking North Devon coast, which is in the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk) and is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covering 171 km2 of coastal landscape from Marsland Mouth on the Cornish border to Combe Martin on the edge of Exmoor. It includes the Hartland Heritage Coast, the North Devon Heritage Coast and Braunton Burrows.
For those that are keen to see more wildlife, then a walk along the Taw-Torridge Estuary (grid reference: SS 470310), which is not far from us, would be perfect. It includes a range of saltmarsh plants and mudflats and sandbanks that provide a rich source of food for overwintering and migratory waders. Here you can spot curlew, golden plover, lapwing, redshank and oystercatcher. The total number of waders present at any one time can reach more than 20,000.
Visitors to us can also enjoy stunning panoramic coastal views across Bideford Bay to Lundy Island and the South West Coast Path, which is Britain’s longest national trail for walkers, is close by too.
The South West Coast Path can be joined from any beach anywhere in the South West of England, including our sandy, Blue Flag beach here at Westward Ho!
The path, which takes in some superb coastline, is 630 miles long in total and the heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational. Here you can join the path with ease from our site and do as little or as much of it as you wish during your stay.
We offer luxury accommodation for those wishing to escape the hurly burly of everyday life and to unwind in a truly tranquil location with stunning scenery all year round. There’s a slower pace of life here but there’s also plenty to see and do, and our visitors are never bored. You can go for lovely long or short walks or just sit still and enjoy the gorgeous views and breathe in the fresh, coastal air.