Instow Beach

Instow is a pretty and sandy beach that tends to get 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. There are also shops and cafes in the village which is directly behind the beach.

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

If you do plan on visiting Instow beach please bear in mind that you are advised not to go swimming on account of the poor water quality.  Instow beach has consistently failed to meet the requirement imposed by the Bathing Water Directives and, despite efforts made it seems unlikely that the water will meet the minimum standard in the foreseeable future.

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


There is car parking in the village and also behind the nearby dunes.

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Instow Beach Reviews

great for dogs

joe o
Mar 19th 2022

gteat beach for dogs to run and play not sutable for bathing ,

What did we get wrong?