British Beaches

Sand, sea, sun, surf and scones

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Instow Beach

Instow, Devon

A wheelchair accesible sandy beach set where the Torridge river meets the Taw estuary. This is an attractive area and has always been popular with artists. Plenty to do for children and lots of space to play.

Beach Type



A slipway
Cafes and restaurants
A supermarket
A post office
Giftshops and galleries


There are lots of pools in the soft sand
Many of which contain attractive seashells

Nature and Wildlife

When the tide is out it is very pleasant walking along the beach with picturesque views across the estuary towards Appledore on the opposite side.

Water Quality




Tourist Information

BIDEFORD TIC Victoria Park. The Quay Bideford. EX39 2QQ Tel: 01237 477676


Nearest town: Instow
County: Devon
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0524, -4.18079
Postcode: EX39 4JH
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Instow, Devon at Explore Britain.


Accessed from the B3233 north from Bideford or west from Barnstaple.

Nearest Railway Stations

Barnstaple (Approx. 5 miles away)
Chapelton (Devon) (Approx. 7 miles away)
Umberleigh (Approx. 9 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There is car parking in the village and also behind the nearby dunes.

Nearby Car Parks

Marine Parade, Instow (Unknown stay).
About 0 miles away
Sandhills, Instow (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Churchfields, Appledore (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Odun Road, Appledore (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 0.6 miles away
West Appledore, Appledore (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Braunton Burrows Lower, Braunton (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Braunton Burrow Upper, Braunton (Unknown stay).
About 1.5 miles away
Windmill Lane, Northam (Unknown stay).
About 1.5 miles away
Braunton Marsh Upper, Braunton (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Bone Hill, Northam (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 1.7 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Instow