Holiday Activities in and Around Instow, North Devon
More holidaymakers are beginning to discover the delights of North Devon. It may be slightly harder to get to than the south of the county but the scenery is amazing and it is far less crowded. The village of Instow is situated by a beach at the point where two rivers, the Taw and the Torridge, join the sea giving it a unique aspect.
A further couple of minutes walk takes you past the quay pier (pictured) to Instow sands where you can walk for over a mile along the beach or amongst the sand dunes. At the other end of the village you can find the Instow Arms, the Boathouse (restaurant with sea views) and the Wayfarer Inn (try the sea bass). More information on local businesses and activities is available at the Instow web site.
From the quay pier you can catch the foot ferry (April to October) across the river Torridge to Appledore, where visitors will find pubs, shops, art and craft galleries and a lively quay from where plentiful boat and fishing trips depart.
Within easy reach are Bideford, where visitors can catch a ferry to Lundy Island, visit the farmers' market or have a family outing to the The Big Sheep or the Ultimate Adventure Centre (see video links below). A little further afield are Westward Ho! with its cliff walks and surfing beach, and the historic fishing village of Clovelly. The spectacular Eden Project is 1 hr 30 mins drive.
See our ad in the Get Hooked Guide to Angling.
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Instow and Around on Video
- Instow web cams
- Star Duck on Instow Beach - local celebrity duck!
- Instow at Sundown amature video with music
- Appledore ferry
- Total Wipeout video of family assault course near Bideford and other activities including kayaking in the estuary.
- Aerial video of North Devon Scenery Places include, Saunton, Croyde, Westward Ho!, Torrington, Bishops Tawton, Vally of the Rocks and Filleigh
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