Our part of Devon is a walkers’ paradise and if you’re interested in how the landscape was created and the flora and fauna that occupy it, then there’s plenty to see and do.
Our cliffs at Westward Ho! are well worth exploring as they provide evidence of glacier ice reaching the South West peninsula. For example, flint and granite erratics, which are stones transported by an ice sheet or glacier, can be found here. Any walk in this area will include a mixture of terrain ranging from cliffs and sand dunes to a pebble ridge.
For those that are keen to see more wildlife, then a walk along the Taw-Torridge Estuary might be just the job. 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.
The cliffs at Westward Ho!
OS grid reference: SS 420291 - SS434296
By foot: The South West Coast Path is readily accessible. If you are staying with us, then you can walk from the village to the grid references given.
By bus and road: If you’re not staying with us, there are bus links between Barnstaple, Bideford and Northam, see www.journeydevon.info for latest times. If you’re driving yourself, from the A39 take the B3236 through Northam and follow signs to Westward Ho! There is car parking, visitor centre and toilets at Northam Burrows. For visitor centre opening times call 01237 479708.
The Taw-Torridge Estuary
Facilities and accessibility
There are footpaths and cycle paths on both sides of the estuary, and a bird hide on the east bank. The Tarka Trail, which runs alongside the estuary, is wheelchair-friendly. The paths are suitable for families too.
Grid Reference: SS 470310
By foot and bike: The South West Coast Path and the Tarka Trail run on either side of the estuary (the Tarka Trail, at this point, is the route of the long-distance Devon Coast to Coast cycle route).
By train and bus: If you’re not staying with us, then Barnstaple, at the head of the estuary, has a train station. There are good bus links to Barnstaple and Bideford, see www.journeydevon.info for latest bus and train times.
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