Instow - things to do

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Instow - things to do

Instow is a pretty, unspoilt seaside village with large stretches of sandy beaches and dunes. Fishermen’s cottages view to appledorenestle against shops and a good selection of pubs and restaurants. The local village store and delicatessen is superb. All this is within walking distance of Redland House.

Instow is on estuary where the rivers Taw and Torridge meet, between the villages of Westleigh and Yelland and on the opposite bank of Appledore.

The Tarka Trail passes through Instow, providing an easy means for people to arrive by foot or on bike. This section of the Trail is also part of the South West Coast Path  offering longer walks along the coast.

- Instow has a lovely safe, sandy beach which is ideal for small children who will spend hours building sandcastles. 

Children crabbing at Instow
- just buy a line from the beach shop and you will keep the children amused for ages.  The best stop in Instow is on the harbour wall.  Also across the water in Appledore is a good spot when the tide is low.

Instow Cricket club
- North Devon Cricket Club is based in Instow and has simply one of the best locations imaginable for watching a cricket match.  The club house has a thatched roof and overlooks the green to the river and sea beyond. 

Cycling - Over 30 miles of the Tarka Trail is available to cyclists between Braunton and Meeth and passes straight through Instow.  The trail uses the old railways of North Devon and passes through largely unspoilt countryside as it was described by Henry Williamson in his classic novel ‘Tarka the Otter’ first published in 1927.

Walking - you will be able to enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Tarka Trail either towards Bideford along the riverbank or Barnstaple across low lying land.  Both are very picturesque providing a great way of seeing the local area.  There are also walks around Instow.  Just turn left out of Redland House and walk up the hill.  Get to the top of New Road, turn left and follow the slope down - the views from the top of the hill are truly breathtaking.


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