The Beach Guide

Instow Beach

Instow Beach - Devon
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Instow is a pleasant sandy beach that gets very busy during the summer. Calm waters, protected from swell by sandbanks at the mouth of the Taw estuary, make this a good choice for families, although there have been issues with water quality in the past.

From the beach at Instow it is possible to kayak down the rivers Taw and Torridge to Instow Beach.

There are plenty of facilities in the village.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed on some of the beach all year although restrictions apply near the town end from May 1 and September 30

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  • Kayaking/canoeing


  • Slipway

Nearest town



EX39 4JH

OS grid ref.

SS 4719 3044

Water quality

Water quality star rating

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