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in the county of Devon

About Instow

Instow is a gorgeous seaside resort with a mass of golden sands backed by a delightful village clambering upwards to meet with fine wooded countryside. It has the good fortune to lie between the waters of the rivers Taw and Torridge, giving it added appeal to boating enthusiasts, both river estuaries are navigable in small craft.

This is a popular tourist destination almost all year round, but never more so than in high summer when bright sunshine leads to lazy days on the beach and fun in the water. Conditions are good for wind-surfing, sailing, speedy catamarans, and fishing further off the coast. For the more energetic there is a close by riding stable, and keen cyclists can follow the Tarka Trail which offers miles of safe cycling along the magnificent north Devon coastline. Instow caters well for walkers, apart from rambling along the cliffs, the town has well prepared "town trail" featuring the most historic and scenic spots.

The views are quite spectacular no matter in which direction you look. From the higher vantage points you can get good views towards Bideford, Appledore, and the views of the estuaries are nothing less than amazing, only to be topped by the sight of the rolling waves of the Atlantic ocean as they lap the sands and the harbour wall.

Features of the town include the old lime kilns, the railway station - now the yacht club, the jetty and quay backed with terraces where you can enjoy a pleasant stroll, or simply prop yourself in a corner and watch the world (or rather the sea crammed with boats) go by.

Shopping facilities are good, these together with pubs, restaurants and galleries can be found within easy reach of Summerfield House.

Throughout the season Instow hosts several entertaining events for visitors and locals. The regatta is always a jolly, well attended affair, and those not taking part enjoy the sport and spectacle of a forest of gleaming white sails in the sea.

This happy seaside town with its gentle Devon atmosphere is ideal for every age, however its beautiful sandy beach is great for young sandcastle builders, making it particularly appealing to families.

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Appledore, North Devon

Appledore (52 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Devon

(0.7 miles, 1.1 km of Instow)

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(12.0 miles, 19.3 km, direction NE)

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(20.5 miles, 32.9 km, direction NE)

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