Instow - charm and character

PUBLISHED: 14:16 20 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:16 28 April 2010

The beach at Instow

The beach at Instow

Instow and Westleigh are two holiday villages full of charm and character. It was the Victorians who first discovered Instow and turned it into a holiday destination.

The view over to Appledore from Instow

Alongside Instows natural charms is a host of modern attractions, not least water sports. Here is the home of the North Devon Yacht Club which holds regular events around the estuary. There are also commercial operations skippers will take visitors on trips, while experienced yachtsmen and women can charter vessels to skipper themselves. A regular ferry to Appledore on the opposite side of the estuary operates from here and tickets for Tarka Cruises trips are available from alongside Marine Parade. Water skiing, sailboarding, jet skiing and fishing are other popular pastimes.

Those who prefer to remain spectators can view the colourful sails and bobbing boats from Instows long promenade. The Commodore is one of North Devons most prestigious hotels, overlooking the beach and estuary and is worth a stay.

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