- Instow finds a special place in
people’s hearts, even their souls. Is this due to its setting, its
history, its sense of community or a certain je ne sais quoi? Why
not make up your own mind? We hope you will share this sense of
place and allow it to endure.
So begins Instow’s visitor brochure. it speaks of a village willing
to celebrate its heritage, yet aware of the pressures of tourism and
not afraid to prompt visitors to consider ‘how we might enjoy a
place without affecting it adversely by our presence.
- Instow is located between the rivers Taw and Torridge with wonderful views over the river to
Appledore the village now enjoys a quieter life since the opening of the high level bridge over the Torridge. In
Victorian times the ‘waters’ became an important leisure attraction,
aided by the arrival of the railway. Instow, the spa resort, had a
direct service from Waterloo!
Though the railway declined, the village remained a popular
playground, the old station becoming home to North Devon Yacht Club
which last year celebrated its Centenary. During the 1990s the old
branch line became part of the Tarka Trail. This popular
recreational resource now brings visitors to Instow by bike or on
- The sand is fine flat and there is plenty of room for beach games.
There are no rocks but you may shelter in the dunes. Pubs, cafes and
toilets are a short walk into the village.
- Instow sands are at
the meeting point of the Taw and Torridge rivers thus offering
bathing safer than the open sea but without the surf, but beware of
the strong river currents, for this reason bathing at low water is
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- Great Torrington