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Amazing dog friendly beach

Lovely, clean sandy beach with dunes at one end. Local council are trying to restrict dogs, but the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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Good Dog walking Beach section

We visited Instow Beach when the tide was right out and it was a lovely beach to strole across with... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
David P
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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Instow, Bideford EX39 4JN, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely, clean sandy beach with dunes at one end. Local council are trying to restrict dogs, but the locals are having none of it, ignoring the signs that have been put up. Brilliant place to take dogs, with lots playing together each day. Also a...More

Thank jonnyh57
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

As already reported by many... car park thief, avoid at all cost you will have to pay £60. no appeal succesful. one word boycott Instow!!!

Thank Adventure770722
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited Instow Beach when the tide was right out and it was a lovely beach to strole across with the dog. ample cheap parking right on the beach itself. The part of the beach we went on was dogs welcome all year round.

Thank David P
Reviewed 4 days ago

This car park operator will use every excuse to issue a penalty notice. Taking your time to get a ticket, stopping in access road, taking too long to exit car park will all lead to a penalty notice being issued. If you can’t find anywhere...More

2  Thank miccksw
Reviewed 6 days ago

Always enjoyed walking along the beach here in Instow. We have been visiting this beach and the surrounding area for almost 8 years but this year has seen a few changes. Firstly the water quality has been designated as poor so there are warnings about...More

Thank MrsBee55
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Instow is a pleasant little place, nice pubs overlooking the water,a small quay.remains of a railway track, signal box and crossing. A nice beach long and sandy, very tidal.sand dunes at one end. Parking is an issue in the area, as the roads are small,...More

Thank Martin W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely sandy beach especially good at low tide good for dog walking, free parking on the seafront but usually full. Car Park at top near cricket club is cash only and on ANPR so be warned!

Thank exileiny0rks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you are in Bideford this is a very short drive from there. it is not cluttered with the usual beach side shops selling beach stuff. so very quite and plenty of natural sand and dunes as well. The view across the estuary to Appledore...More

Thank Satyaguru
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dog friendly year round on one half of the beach! Beautiful wide sandy beach at mouth of estuary making for shallow calm waters (no waves - could also be considered a downfall), perfect for young kids in particular. Dunes to the rear and a stream...More

Thank LHD39
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely stretch of sand, not crowded, and great views. Good place to unwind, walk and build sand castles. Also when tide is out take nets and fish the small pools left by the tide.

Thank Gary C
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Anuj N
30 August 2018|
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Response from Mike P | Reviewed this property |
If you turn right on the beach opposite the Boathouse Pub you can't go wrong. After walking the dog take a drink in the Boathouse which is animal friendly.
Anuj N
30 August 2018|
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Response from Foodies W | Reviewed this property |
Only at one end of the beach until end of September, After that the whole beach.
17 December 2017|
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Response from David F | Reviewed this property |
We never got a parking ticket even though we were a few minutes over the time then I read reviews and expected one anyday but that was April so now in the clear.