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
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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