Instow Information

Helping you have a special stay at Moorings View at Instow

Beach at Instow for a Hockings ice cream

The Beach at Instow

Enjoy the river and sea views with a relaxing walk along the beach, then take your pick from one of the many benches to watch the water, boats and sunset in a perfect natural environment.

Instow information on local shops, pubs and restaurants is incomplete without the local Hocking’s ice cream van alongside Instow beach, which will make your experience even more enjoyable!

Instow has a fantastic sandy beach which is just a short stroll from Landfall. The beach looks out over Appledore to the west and Crow Point to the north with views across Bideford Bar where you can see the tide breaking out to sea. Looking back up river, the green hills and the Port town of Bideford is visible several miles upriver. The beach becomes huge when the tide is right out and is still usually big enough for a walk when the tide is in.

Shop and delicatessen at Instow

Johns of Instow

Johns of Instow is a local shop, cafe and award-winning delicatessen which is located just 150 yards from the apartment. There is also a beach hut on Instow Beach which offers refreshments.

Take a short stroll along the Instow waterfront for a cooked breakfast, coffee and cake or newspaper, or pick up essentials such as milk, lemon drizzle cake, chocolate brownies or Devon pasties.

Johns’ is open from 8.00am until late – and you can reserve a table on 01271 860310

Tarka Trail at Instow

The Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail is a circular figure-of-eight route of 180 miles following mainly a disused railway line, that traverses unspoiled countryside, dramatic sea cliffs and beautiful beaches. The Trail forms a combination of footpaths and bridleways, and the southern loop is part of the longest continuous off-road cycle path in the UK. The Trail centres around Barnstaple and touches Dartmoor, Exmoor and the whole North Devon coast as far as Lynton.  The stretch alongside the Taw and Torridge Rivers from Barnstaple to Bideford passes straight through Instow.  It also forms part of the 500 mile South West Coastal Path.

We have adjacent access to the Trail at the bottom of our garden for walking or cycling.  It is possible to hire bikes nearby or bring your own. The route is popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists and lets you experience the best this beautiful area has to offer.

NDYC – Sailing ’til sunset

Instow sunset from the beach

North Devon Yacht Club

The NDYC is traditionally home to a sailing club where racing has taken place since 1905 and is 30 paces from the bottom of the garden.

Catamaran, monohull and gaffer racing goes on throughout the year.  Much of the racing can be watched from your apartment window at Landfall!

Visiting sailors are welcome and temporary membership will allow you to store your boat and use the club’s facilities. And just like elsewhere in Instow – when the bar is open you can sit on the balcony and enjoy just watching the sailing or the beautiful sunset.


If you would like a boat trip during your stay, this can be organised subject to weather and availability. Do please contact us in advance to confirm what you would like and we can confirm availability and cost.

Quay Inn, Instow

Quay Inn

This pub/bar/restaurant is just a hundred yards from the apartment and is a perfect place to watch the sun go down. A cooked breakfast is available.

You are assured of a warm welcome and can enjoy a pint and good food made with local ingredients. The menu mixes traditional pub food with specials but if you’re more interested in a different bill of fare – try the ‘gin menu’ or take-away Fish and Chips between 6pm-9pm Monday to Saturday, which are excellent.

Great spot for a sundowner!

restaurant at Instow

The Boathouse

The Boathouse restaurant is situated opposite the beach. It may not be locally owned – but it has a great local view from the balcony!

The restaurant describes itself as a ‘melting pot of great British food and drink from across North Devon’. Why not see for yourself and enjoy a drink on the sea-facing balcony before a sumptuous meal from the menu?

Another great spot for a sundowner !

Instow Arms in Instow

Instow Arms

Take a level walk along the beach to enjoy a meal and drink at the Instow Arms, with its lovely views  and outside seating area overlooking the beach.

The pub offers a warm and comfortable atmosphere with local ales and delicious food cooked with the freshest local ingredients.

Pub at Instow

The Wayfarer Inn

The Wayfarer is a local pub that offers food as well as satellite TV – so you don’t have miss the big football match.

Not directly opposite the water, the Wayfarer is set back up up Lane End and sometimes is open later than other establishments in the village with live music nights.

Commodore in Instow

The Strandfield Grill at the Commodore

A cocktail or a Cream Tea?

The Strandfield Grill is a newly developed top end restaurant open to all at the Commodore.

Like all the hostelries and other establishments on this page in Instow, this is a short walk from Landfall.  Booking for an evening meal is advisable but you wont be disappointed with the service or the food!

Narrow street in Appledore near Instow

Appledore-Instow Ferry

This seasonal two-boat ferry service runs between Instow and Appledore and gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of both villages without the need for a car.

Some people just take the ferry for the ride whilst others “go to the other side” for a meal, drink or walk.

Whatever your reason for using it, the ferry is a great volunteer service for the community.

Instow Cricket Club at Instow

North Devon Cricket Club

The North Devon Cricket Club was founded in 1823. The club is situated in Instow, and the thatched pavillion overlooks the estuary where the Taw meets the Torridge.

The thriving club has a rich history and has four senior teams that compete in the Devon and North Devon Leagues.

This is one of the most unique and special places you can go to watch or play cricket.

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Tapeley Park

Situated nearby, between Instow and the Parish of Westleigh, the stately home and garden is open to the public seasonally.

The Park is situated high on the hill overlooking the River Torridge and there are spectacular views across the interesting gardens.

You can stroll around Italian terraces, a lake, woodland and an organic vegetable garden, and the gardens are open in season on six days of the week.

Westleigh Inn near Instow apartment

Westleigh Inn

The Westleigh Inn is situated in the neighbouring village of Westleigh, within walking distance of the Tarka Trail and Moorings View.

This charming village pub offers a good selection of food and a lovely walk of around two miles. In the summer, you can sit outside and enjoy the views over the estuary and in the winter stay inside in the warm in front of a roaring fire.

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Northam Country Park and

Royal North Devon Golf Club

The oldest Links course in England is situated in nearby Westward Ho! ( Booking Essential and visitors are welcome.)

The Golf Course is in a spectacular setting and is bounded by the beach and the estuary and forms part of the Northam Country Park.  Golf is also available at Saunton and Portmore near Barnstaple.

Northam Country Park is also home to sheep and ponies grazing all year round.

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Learn to Surf !

Several surf school operates from Westward Ho! beach where it is possible to take surfing lessons.

It is best to book these in advance.

Many people visit and simply bodyboard and swim on this RNLI lifeguard supervised beach.

Surfing beaches accessible in the area include not only Westward Ho! but Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe. Indeed all can be accessed easily by both car or bus.

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Kayak or Paddle board on the Taw and Torridge!

Paddleboarding or SUP cruising is a popular activity on the estuary.  It is possible to leave your SUP board inflated in the garden and walk 100 metres to the waters edge to launch throughout your stay at Moorings View.

It is a lovely way to explore the river.  Using the tide, it is possible to go up the River Torridge beyond Bideford to Weare Gifford or travel up the River Taw beyond Barnstaple.