Westward Ho! is a popular tourist destination and there is currently a lot of development activity here. Westward Ho! faces westward into Bideford Bay and is opposite Saunton Sands and Braunton Burrows. Best known for its surfing seas and the two mile long beach, this lies within the North Devon Coast AONB. As well as numerous local shops there are good local restaurants and bars, including Moran’s, Pig on the Hill and The Pier House. There is sailing at nearby Appledore as well as golf at the Royal North Devon Golf Club, the oldest golf course in England. Local schools include St. George’s primary school, Braunton Academy and Great Torrington School, all rated as Good by Ofsted. Independent education is offered at Kinglsey School. Bideford has the Atlantic Village Shopping Outlet including major retailers such as Marks and Spencer and Gap, whilst the supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda are also in the town. Both Waitrose and Sainsbury’s are within easy driving distance. Westward Ho! is 11 miles south-west of Barnstaple from which a service runs to London Paddington from the town’s railway station.