Westward Ho, on the coast of North Devon, 2 1/2 miles W. of Bideford, owes its name and its existence to Charles Kingsley's Elizabethan romance (1855); this pretty cluster of villas and lodging-houses, with its church, hotel, clubhouse, and college, having sprung up since 1867. The bathing facilities are excellent, and it is a great resort of golfers. The village is in the urban district of Northam (pop. 5355).
Wetter, Lake (Vetter), after Lake Wener (q.v.) the largest lake in Sweden, lies in Gothland, 25 miles SE. of Lake Wener. Surrounded by lofty shores, it is 70 miles long, 13 miles broad, 850 sq. m. in area, 370 feet deep, and 270 feet above sea-level. It receives about ninety small tributaries, and sends off the Motala River eastward to the Baltic. Its waters are of a beautiful clear green. It is remarkable for an irregular alternation of risings and fallings, and for an occasional violent undulation in perfectly still weather.
Wetterhorn (w as v; ' Peak of Tempests'), a mountain of the Bernese Oberland, E. of the Grindelwald, 10 miles SE. of the Lake of Brienz. Its three peaks are 12,149, 12,165, and 12,110 feet high, and were first ascended in 1844 and 1845.
Weybridge, a Surrey Tliames-side parish, 3 1/2 miles SE. of Chertsey. Pop. 5330.
Weyhill. See Andover.
Whang-hai. See Yellow Sea.
Wharfe, a Yorkshire river, flowing 60 miles ESE. to the Ouse near Cawood.
Wharncliffe, a Yorkshire village, 6 1/2 miles NNW. of Sheffield.
Wharncliffe Viaduct, on the Great Western, at Hanwell (q.v.), is 896 feet long and 70 high.
Wheeling, the principal city of West Virginia, on the left bank of the Ohio River, and at the mouth of Wheeling Creek, at the foot of steep hills, 67 miles by rail and 92 by river SW. of Pittsburgh. The National Road here crosses the Ohio, by a wire suspension bridge, 1010 feet in span; and a fine railway bridge connects the city with Bellaire, Ohio. For ten years (1875-85) Wheeling was the state capital. The hills around are full of bituminous coal; and there are blast-furnaces, foundries and forges, nail-factories, glass-works, woollen, flour, and paper mills, etc. Pop. (1880) 30,737; (1900) 38,878.