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Instow Low Lighthouse

Instow Low

General Information


Height: 18 Metres (59.06 Feet)

Operator: Port of Bideford

Light Information


Instow's low light is a simple 8.5 metre high metal tower which was presumably built along with the Lighthouse at crow point in the 1950s. The tower seen today is of a simple latice construction, although it replaced an earlier wooden tower which also formed one of a pair of lights.

Together with the higher light it marks the entrance into the river taw.

A white slatted daymark is attatched to the front of the tower, and two light are mounted on the top, surrounded by a simple square gallery - one is a standby light and one is the main light, which remains in use throughout the day and night.

The white occulting light goes out once every 5 seconds, for a duration of 1 second.

This light tower, as well as the high light can be seen well from MS. Oldenburg (The cargo vessel/ferry to lundy island) and the crow point light can also be seen nearby.