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Instow - Neighbour on the Estuary


Instow SunbathersOn entering the village most people follow the signs to the sea-front, and within a minute there is the extensive view - an expanse of water, bright in summer with the sails of catamarans and wind-surfers, or, if the tide is out, a Iong stretch of golden sand.

Few can resist staying a while to enjoy the view across the estuary, with Appledore beneath its green hills, sunlit on a summer morning or silhouetted against a dramatic sunset. The water too is everchanging - blue and sparkling one day, whipped into whitecaps by a gale force wind the next - yet even on the dullest day there is always something to see, birds at the water's edge, people braving the rain to exercise dogs or children, fishermen or gravel-barges on the far shore. Linger awhile and watch ships travelling to and from Bideford. During the summer months you can catch a ferry that crosses the river between Appledore and Instow - a great way to visit both towns on a single day!

A Great Afternoon Out!

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Instow boasts a wide range of restaurants, pubs and small shops. They beach is a favourite for local people to walk there dogs and is connected to Bideford over the Tarka Trail Cycle Track and by road with regular bus services. It has spectacular views of the estuary and Appledore on the opposite side of the Torridge River - and on a summers evening many people head out for a bite to eat and a pint just to watch the beautiful sunsets.

North Devon Yacht Club

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We have a fantastic range of member boats from Picos to fast-cats and cruisers. During the Season we run races most weekends, weather permitting! The club hosts many national events and also training for young and old. All sailors are welcome even if you just fancy coming down for a chat and a beer! The club only became The North Devon Yacht Club after the Second World War. The Club buildings used today were officially opened by Owen Aisher, President of the RYA, in April 1972.

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