The Rock Pool, Westward Ho!

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Coordinates: 51°02′27″N 4°14′35″W / 51.0408°N 4.243104°W / 51.0408; -4.243104

The Rock Pool

The Rock Pool at Westward Ho!, Bideford, Devon is a sea-water tidal swimming pool.


Among the rocks on the southern end of Westward Ho! beach, this pool has been in existence for at least 120 years and was renovated in 2003. Depending on the tide, it can be murky.[1][2]


The sea-pool is managed by Torridge District Council. The pool was closed in 2014 due to lack of funds to repair damage caused by storms, but will re-open after receiving support from the Coastal Communities Fund.[3]


  1. ^ Alexandra Buxton (26 July 2003). "Sea change". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ Norah Burke (1956). Jungle Child. At Westward Ho! we bathed, but not in the sea ... in an artificial rock pool. 
  3. ^ "Westward Ho! Tial pool to be repaired". North Devon Gazette. 

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