Northam Burrows And Westward Ho!
Bideford, NorthamType of walk
Paid Parking, Off Lead Areas, Animals On RouteAbout this walk
This is a great walk, half along the beach and half across the burrows. At low tide, the beach is enormous, there is always an opportunity to find some uncrowded space to give dogs a good run. There are two car parks within the Burrows, and several in town at Westward Ho! Our recommendation is to use the Appledore entrance into the Burrows.
The benefit of the area is that it can accommodate all walking abilities - you can walk a full circle, or simply walk down onto the beach and go as far as you like before turning back.
Leave the car park and walk north until you come to the pebble ridge line.
Cross the pebble ridge line down onto the beach and turn left. There are areas where the pebble ridge is more shallow, so if you are not sure footed, walk along the top edge until you find a place to access the beach that you are happy with.
Walk along the beach, following the edge of the burrows as you walk around headland, you will be able to see Westward Ho! In the distance. This is the off-lead end of the beach, so have fun!
Walk along the beach until you see a path made from concrete sleepers going back over the pebble ridge. The path marks the edge of Sandymere on the Burrows, and also marks the end of the off-lead section of the beach. Use the concrete path to cross back into the Burrows.
You will find yourself in the second car park for the Burrows, and in next to the golf course. Cross the road and walk between the marked areas of the golf course.
Once past the golf, dogs can go off-lead again if they are suitably trained not to worry sheep or horses.
Walk until you reach the park road which you used to enter the park, and turn left, following the road until you reach the car park.
Check the tide tables. Westward Ho! beach disappears at high tide, but the Burrows are unaffected.
There are loose grazing cattle on the Burrows.
Avoid the golf course when crossing the Burrows.
Westward Ho! Beach has dog control zones in the summer, but a section is always available for off-lead fun.
Horses are sometimes ridden along the beach, so keep an eye out if your dog is unused to having horses nearby.
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How to get there
S W Coast Path, Northam, Bideford EX39, UK
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