Instow Beach

Instow beach, Bideford, Devon

Place Category: Beaches

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  • Instow Beach is a long sandy beach backed by dunes on an estuary (rivers Taw and Torridge) very popular for fishing and sailing as well as other beach activities. When the tide goes out the beach becomes very large with some excellent walks.

    Nearby RSPB reserve and the sand dunes provide good walks.

    A ferry runs between Instow and Appledore during the summer.

    There is car parking although limited in the village and also a car park behind the dunes. Parking is limited and it is a good choice to visit via the Tarke Trail which is the old branch line.

    We have no dog information for Instow beach.

    We have no current information on dog restrictions for Instow Beach.

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 6 beaches around Bideford, 94 beaches in Devon, or check our list of Devon Dog Friendly Beaches.

  • Instow Beach 7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain tomorrow through Monday, with temperatures bottoming out at 14°C on Sunday.

    Today's Forecast
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       0%  81%   1 mph
      7:46 am    6:19 pm
    Thursday, Oct 19th
     Light rain starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening, and windy in the evening.
       80%  87%   14 mph
      7:47 am    6:17 pm

    Friday, Oct 20th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day and windy starting in the evening.
       78%  79%   11 mph
      7:49 am    6:15 pm
    Saturday, Oct 21st
     Dangerously windy throughout the day and light rain starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
       89%  83%   26 mph
      7:51 am    6:13 pm

    Sunday, Oct 22nd
     Windy until afternoon and mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       63%  82%   22 mph
      7:53 am    6:11 pm
    Monday, Oct 23rd
     Breezy in the morning and mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       71%  94%   19 mph
      7:54 am    6:09 pm

    Tuesday, Oct 24th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       52%  81%   16 mph
      7:56 am    6:07 pm
    Wednesday, Oct 25th
     Breezy in the morning and mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       50%  62%   17 mph
      7:58 am    6:05 pm

  • Instow Beach Tide Times


  • Instow Beach Bathing Water Quality

    Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
    • Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
    • Good: generally good water quality
    • Sufficient: meets minimum standards
    • Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.
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