Instow

Devon

Instow
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Poor
Advice against bathing   Advice against bathing

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

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.

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.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 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

2017 Poor
Advice against bathing   Advice against bathing

What 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

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.

Weather

This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

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.

Facilities at Instow

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Slipway Slipway

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.