Devon in focus

  • Share
  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Twitter
  • Email a friend

    Please enter your own name and your friend's email address below and we will email them a link to this page.


    This email address will only be used this once to send your friend a link to this page. No record will be kept, and the email address will not be shared with any third party.
  • Print this page


Instow beach, Devon

West-facing, Instow Sands is a popular family beach situated at the confluence of the Torridge and Taw rivers in North Devon.

Backed by the village in the south, Instow looks across the River Torridge to Appledore and across the Taw to Crow Point. To the north, near the cricket ground, the sandy beach gets more muddy in character and is backed by low dunes.

Gently sloping, Instow is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike and its proximity to the towns of Bideford and Barnstaple means that the beach is rarely deserted.

Parking is available behind the beach but the limited spaces fill up quickly so arrive early to ensure your space.

Instow Sands offers a range of places to eat and drink and is popular with swimmers, windsurfers and the sailing fraternity.

Nearby places of interest include Tapeley Park and the Tarka Trail along the disused railway line south to Bideford or north and east to Fremington Quay and Barnstaple.




 Sandy beach

 Seasonal dog ban

 Cafe, shop or pub



OS Explorer Map 139: Bideford, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple

OS Explorer Map 139: Bideford, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Northam, Westward Ho!, Great Torrington and Bideford.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:


arrowWestward Ho!





Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:



	arrowWestward Ho!



Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Braunton, Bideford, Ilfracombe and Torrington.

Nearby Attractions


There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:


	arrowNorth Devon Maritime Museum

	arrowSkern Lodge Activity Centre


	arrowBraunton and District Museum


	arrowSurf Southwest

	arrowMortehoe Heritage Centre

Great Torrington

	arrowTorrington Golf Club

	arrowDartington Crystal

	arrowThe Plough Arts Centre

	arrowPlough Arts Centre




About us

Privacy policy



Promote events

Advertising options


Follow us




Related sites

Cornwall in Focus

Somerset in Focus

Dorset in Focus

A SouthWest in Focus brand
© Shimbo 2000 - 2019

© 2000 - 2019