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Instow

Devon

A wheelchair accessible sandy beach set where the Torridge river meets the Taw estuary. This is an attractive area and has always been popular with artists.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Poor

Today's Forecast

Risk of reduced water quality due to heavy rain21 Jul 2017(Information provided by the Environment Agency)

Poor water quality advise against swimming

The beach will stay open. An action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Facilities at Instow beach

Food availableToiletsShopsSlipway

Parking

There is car parking in the village and also behind the nearby dunes.

Dog restrictions

Dogs welcome.

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

None

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Activities

There are lots of pools in the soft sand, many of which contain attractive seashells. There is a yacht club to the south and bars and cafes nearby to enjoy a drink or bite to eat. Not a beach for surfers but great for paddling and for families.

Wildlife and Walks

When the tide is out it is very pleasant walking along the beach with picturesque views across the estuary towards Appledore. RSPB's reserve - Isley marsh - is nearby which is excellent for wading birds. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, from 15th May to 30th September. Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land. Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2016 Poor

What’s does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either-

Excellent – the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
Good – generally good water quality
Sufficient – meets minimum standards
Poor – You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's Forecast

Risk of reduced water quality due to heavy rain21 Jul 2017(Information provided by the Environment Agency)

Poor water quality advise against swimming

The beach will stay open. An action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Click here for more information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.

Safety, Weather & Tides

Displaying nearest weather point within 10 miles of Instow

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong
currents
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shelving

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach:

For more information visit rnli.org.uk

Beach Cleans

We need you!

Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Instow beach

There are currently no beach cleans within 10 miles of this beach!

All of our cleans are run by volunteers so why not organise your own? We’ve got loads of information to help you get started.

Click here to see all events around the UK.

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Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

recycle icon Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it

Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Fancy a fish dish?

Find an eatery with a Fish2fork sustainable seafood rating within 10 miles of Instow beach

Fish2Fork

We rate restaurants according to the impact the seafood they serve has on fish stocks and the health of our oceans.

Along with MCS we want all seafood served in the UK to be sustainable.

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Sustainable Blue fish - serving sustainable seafood
Sustainable Red fish – one or more fish options on the menu is an MCS Fish to Avoid

Bensons - AppledoreSustainable

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Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Instow beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Maria Morgan
on 14 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Catherine Kingham
on 9 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Pat Adams
on 8 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Donna Woodland
on 8 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Adam Lenton
on 4 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by James Wilson
on 2 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Wendy Watkins
on 2 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Stephanie Lavin
on 1 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Dani Spencer
on 27 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Vernon Jones
on 26 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ian Wild
on 25 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Nick Wright
on 24 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sian Kelly
on 23 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Louise Price
on 20 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Pat Adams
on 17 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sian Kelly
on 17 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Christine Hutchins
on 15 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sarah Pile
on 15 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Clare Dawson
on 13 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Shirl Dyke
on 13 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lynda Dixon
on 13 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Debbie Francis
on 12 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Carl Hudson
on 12 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jeff Maultby
on 8 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Paula Miller
on 7 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Hayley West
on 5 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rhiannon Kattenhorn
on 4 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Julie Lynn
on 3 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Louise Mouzouris
on 2 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kirk Birchmore
on 31 May 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ben Brookes
on 29 May 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jayne Gray
on 28 May 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sophie Elliott
on 21 May 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kathy Wellington
on 12 May 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Peter Richardson
on 11 May 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Vikki Sheridan
on 11 May 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ann Richardson
on 9 May 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Paul Barwick
on 26 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Eleanor Scarrott
on 26 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by John Keyes
on 25 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by K Lovell
on 24 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kathy Wellington
on 24 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Andrew Cox
on 23 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by David Cann
on 22 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Joan Samuels
on 22 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Pat Adams
on 22 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Tessa Ley
on 21 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Cathy Recycle
on 20 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ley Holloway
on 19 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by D Stanley
on 19 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Graham Stone
on 18 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by David Jenkins
on 16 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Luise Usiskin
on 14 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Dave Pook
on 13 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Cassie Day
on 12 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jon Walton
on 12 Apr 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Susan Wilcox
on 27 Mar 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Elizabeth Godfrey
on 21 Mar 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sloane Browne
on 21 Mar 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Gill Situnayake
on 18 Mar 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rose Roberts
on 18 Mar 2017

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