Instow lies on the banks of the River Torridge almost opposite Appledore, with views towards Bideford Bay. The Apppledore skyline, seen across the river, is dominated by the huge covered workshops of Appledore Shipyards. A wide variety of craft can be seen on the river as it stretches out to the Bristol Channel.

The estuary-side town of Instow is also the home of the North Devon Yacht Club. Towards the north end of the sandy beach, you will come upon the cricket grounds and picturesque thatched clubhouse. Near Instow Quay is a restored railway signal box and access to cycle or walk the Tarka Trail.

There is a colourful mix of local residents as, in recent years, Instow has attracted artists, writers, sailors and fishermen who have now integrated with the local community. The area is also developing a promising reputation for "eating out" establishments.

Tapeley Park
Gardens with wonderful estuary views. Italian Terraces, Lake, and Vegetable Garden; in all, a gardeners' delight spread over 20 acres.