Nestled between Exmoor and North Devon is the delightful village of Combe Martin allowing you the best of both worlds, with the scenic countryside of the Exmoor National Park on one side and the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the other. Whichever way you look you are awarded outstanding views, from the bay and it’s dramatic coastline to the wide expanse of the national park. Despite gaining popularity as a tourist hot spot, Combe Martin has remained largely unchanged with its spectacular and peaceful cove and picturesque harbour.
Walk the coast from Combe Martin
The famous south west coast path runs through the village linking up with other areas across the south west. Other walking trails can be found in and around the village with some of the best walking trails and coastal paths easily accessible from the accommodation around the village. There are also a number of beautiful gardens and parks in the vicinity that are perfect for a stroll or to stop off for a picnic. Fans of walking will also want to explore the village as Combe Martin claims to have the longest main street of any village in the country, the street is more than two miles long so this may well be the case!
Combe Martin’s beach has some of the best rock pools in this area of Devon and there are a lot of things to do along the seafront with businesses hiring everything from kayaks to paddleboards. It is also a popular spot for fishing and sailing as well as relaxing on the sand. Budding photographers will love the picturesque scenery of the coastline in Combe Martin, especially from the high points of the Little Hangman and the Great Hangman which offer incredible views across the moor and the coast.
Things to do
For such a small area, there are loads of top attractions and things to do in Combe Martin. From the various museums exploring the region’s heritage to the abundance of sport and outdoor activities. Combe Martin is also ideally placed for anyone who wants to explore the wider region with Ilfracombe, another popular resort for families and holidaymakers, nearby.
Families will love the atmosphere in Combe Martin and with the range of family-friendly attractions, will have ample things to keep the children entertained. The Wildlife and Dinosaur Park is a popular location, not only dedicated to teaching visitors about the village’s history dating back to Jurassic times, but also houses a number of exotic animals to help you learn more about the modern natural world. Animals can also be seen at the nearby Exmoor Zoo and those staying in Combe Martin can make use of the village’s proximity to the number of attractions that can be found on the outskirts towards Ilfracombe and beyond. As well as these attractions, visitors can learn more about the village’s traditional industry of silver and lead mining, with several of the mines being preserved and serving as museums.
Another attraction is the village pub, the Pack of Cards Inn which was built in 1626, the building is said to resemble a pack of cards in a heap and has 52 windows, one for each card in the pack, four floors, one for each suit and 13 doors on each floor, one for each card in the suit. It is said to have been built to celebrate a win at a card game and is popular among visitors.
The Exmoor National Park borders the village offering plenty of opportunities to get back to nature and catch sight of the famous Exmoor ponies while the coastline is full of secret inlets, caves and secluded beaches giving you the chance to discover some real hidden gems.
As well as celebrating history with its many museums, Combe Martin has its own quirks and heritage celebrations. The village still participates in a traditional ceremony known as the Hunting of the Earl of Rone, a Pagan festival which takes place in the spring.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Combe Martin have a beach?
Yes, Combe Martin actually has two beaches, both are known for their rock pools. The main town beach features sand and pebbles, while Newbury Beach is just pebbles. Both beaches are safe for swimming, sunbathing and other beach activities and there are kayaks and paddleboards available for hire in the village. It is also a popular place for sea fishing.Find out more about Combe Martin's beaches
Can dogs go on the beach in Combe Martin?
Combe Martin has two beaches; the main harbour beach is a mixture of sand and stone, while Newberry Beach is all stone, they are both popular with rockpoolers, especially during low tide. Newberry beach is dog friendly all year round and is just a short walk from the centre of Combe Martin, while the main beach has restrictions in place. Dogs are welcome to visit the main beach between 1st October to 30th April.Find out more about Combe Martin beach
How long is Combe Martin high street?
Combe Martin high street is 2 miles long and is believed to be one of the longest village high streets in England.Find out more about Combe Martin here