Instow Beach

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 7 beaches at Bideford, 96 beaches in Devon, or check our list of Devon Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Instow Beach 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.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 13.9℃ to 14.8℃ with wind speed 5.7 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Oct 02
Expect a temp in the range 13.5℃ to 14℃ with wind speed 4.5 m/sec (W)
Monday, Oct 03
Expect a temp in the range 8.9℃ to 10.2℃ with wind speed 1.8 m/sec (ESE)
Tuesday, Oct 04
Expect a temp in the range 13.4℃ to 15.5℃ with wind speed 4.3 m/sec (S)
Wednesday, Oct 05
Expect a temp in the range 16.7℃ to 17.2℃ with wind speed 7.2 m/sec (SSW)
Thursday, Oct 06
Expect a temp in the range 14.2℃ to 15℃ with wind speed 7.8 m/sec (WSW)
Friday, Oct 07
Expect a temp in the range 13.7℃ to 14.2℃ with wind speed 4.7 m/sec (SW)

Bideford weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Instow Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Instow Beach is at Yelland Marsh 1.48 km (0.92 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Sat 01 Oct
   Low Tide at 02:59 (Height 0.42m)
   High Tide at 09:15 (Height 6.32m)
   Low Tide at 15:28 (Height 0.39m)
   High Tide at 21:39 (Height 6.05m)
Sun 02 Oct
   Low Tide at 03:49 (Height 0.64m)
   High Tide at 10:04 (Height 5.75m)
   Low Tide at 16:31 (Height 0.63m)
   High Tide at 22:33 (Height 5.39m)
Mon 03 Oct
   Low Tide at 05:03 (Height 0.94m)
   High Tide at 11:06 (Height 5.17m)
   Low Tide at 17:53 (Height 0.88m)
   High Tide at 23:44 (Height 4.82m)
Tue 04 Oct
   Low Tide at 06:34 (Height 1.15m)
   High Tide at 12:30 (Height 4.83m)
   Low Tide at 19:25 (Height 0.94m)
Wed 05 Oct
   High Tide at 01:20 (Height 4.68m)
   Low Tide at 08:16 (Height 1.05m)
   High Tide at 14:03 (Height 5.04m)
   Low Tide at 21:06 (Height 0.63m)
Thu 06 Oct
   High Tide at 02:44 (Height 5.09m)
   Low Tide at 09:47 (Height 0.55m)
   High Tide at 15:14 (Height 5.63m)
   Low Tide at 22:22 (Height 0.05m)
Fri 07 Oct
   High Tide at 03:46 (Height 5.74m)
   Low Tide at 10:50 (Height -0.08m)
   High Tide at 16:10 (Height 6.32m)
   Low Tide at 23:18 (Height -0.50m)

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