Holiday Activities in and Around Instow, North Devon

Aerial video of North Devon scenery.

Instow beach -summer

Instow beach- view out to sea.

Instow Quay pier. Photo by John Brodrick

Fishing for sea bass from Instow Quay pier.
Photo by John Brodrick.

Instow beach in winter

Instow beach in winter- view to Appledore.

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.

Our cottage is three minutes walk from Johns Supermarket & Delicatessen, The Quay Inn and an entrance to the Tarka Trail footpath and cycle trail. We can arrange cycle hire if required.

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 (pub restaurants with sea views) and the Wayfarer Inn. 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.

View to Appledore from Instow beach

View to Appledore fishing village from Instow beach


Find fishing in our area

See our ad in the Get Hooked Guide to Angling.

Local Weather and Tide

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North devon surf and tide information

Instow and Around on Video

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