Walk - Instow to Westward Ho! (via Bideford)

8.0 miles (12.9 km)

Instow Westward Ho!

Easy - Easy walking

The easy walking along this section of the Coast Path allows for plenty of opportunity to enjoy the wide range of plants and birds inhabiting the grassland and dunes of the Taw/Torridge Estuary. Follow the old railway trackbeds along the Tarka Trail to the preserved station at East-the-Water, where you cross the Torridge and follow it up the other side to Appledore and Northam Burrows SSSI. From here it's a gentle stroll across Northam Burrows into Westward Ho!

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Greencliff Farm Campsite, Abbotsham

Small friendly site, path 500m.Tents Easter-Oct. Small camper/caravans Jul-Aug. H&C water, shower. Shop/ Pub/ Bus 1m. Dogs welcome. £7.

Tors Top Bed and Breakfast

Beautiful views offering versatile accommodation and locally sourced breakfast, situated just off the Coast Path. Single night stays welcome.

Honeysuckle Cottage B&B, Westleigh

A small B&B located in the quiet village of Westleigh (near Instow), 500 yds from the South West Coast Path & 20 yards from the local pub-the Westleigh Inn-serving food 7 days a week.

Springfield House B&B, Instow

Springfield House offers luxurious B&B accommodation in idyllic surroundings in the picturesque village of Instow with its sandy beaches and good choice of pubs & restaurants. It is the perfect place to stay for both.

Culloden House, Westward Ho!

Quiet Victorian residence 5 minutes from the Path and local restaurants, 5 Doubles,2 Singles and a Twin room all en-suite. Single Occupancy available.

Westacott Farm Camping, Abbotsham

Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the North Devon countryside at our working family farm. Situated within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the North Devon coast.

North Cottage, Braunton

Close to the Coast Path, village centre with restaurants & pubs, beach and golf course. Double, single & twin rooms, available Wifi.

Bennings B&B

Friendly, family run B&B. Double and twin rooms, both en suite. No charge for Wi-Fi. Great location and generous breakfast for your next day's walk!

Trojen Bed & Breakfast

Relax in our B&B situated half a mile from Coast Path in a quiet cul de sac in Braunton. Private lounge/ diner and super King ensuite with views of estuary to Appledore.

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  • The preserved station and signal box at East-the-Water, which includes The Railway Carriage Visitor Centre and a restaurant in a restored carriage.
  • Crossing Bideford’s historic Grade 1 listed Long Bridge over the River Torridge. It has 24 spans and all are different.
  • Walking the riverside path known as Landivisau Walk (after Bideford's twin town) through Bideford’s quayside, past the many inns and the statue to Charles Kingsley.
  • The historic port and ship-building town of Appledore which sits at the point where the Rivers Taw and Torridge meet. The huge, modern indoor shipyard builds large ocean going steel hulled vessels.
  • The Northam Burrows, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is about 253 hectares of grassy coastal plain with salt marsh and sand dunes at the mouth of the Taw/Torridge Estuary. Further information available from The Burrows Centre. Tel: 01237 479708.
  • Literary links of Westward Ho!: the town of Westward Ho! takes its name from Charles Kingsley’s novel and is the only place name in England which contains an exclamation mark.
  • Watching the surfers at Westward Ho!.

Longer option

Walk to Buck’s Mills (an additional 6.8 miles, 10.9 km).

Public transport

National Express coach number 502 runs from Taunton to Barnstaple and First Great Western trains run regularly from Exeter to Barnstaple, where you can catch the hourly First North Devon bus number 1 to Instow, and on to Bideford, Northam and Westward Ho! For details visit Traveline or phone 0870 6082608.


Instow Sands (Postcode for Sat Navs: EX39 4HX), Bideford, Appledore, Northam Burrows Country Park and Westward Ho!


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