Local Area Information

Combe Martin is set in a fertile valley and is located where the Exmoor National Park and the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty meet.

The approach along the coastal road offers glimpses of stunning scenery. 

Combe Martin itself is an ideal centre for walking and has the 630 mile South West Coastal Path going through it.  The village has a range of amenities including a Post Office, shops, pubs and restaurants.  At low tide there are large expanses of golden sand accessible in addition to a sheltered sandy cove, and numerous rock pools, making the area ideal for family holidays. The nearby countryside and coastline has many footpaths and bridleways for walking and riding. Visit the Exmoor National Park website for ideas on excellent walks, or the South West Coast Path website for walks taking in circular walks based on the coast path. There are spectacular views across the bay to dramatic headlands beyond.  The peaceful cove has changed little over the years. Boats are still moored in the harbour, although there are more pleasure craft than fishing boats these days.

As well as the renowned Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, Combe Martin has good access routes to the local towns and villages.

Ilfracombe is approximately 10 minute drive and provides national chain shops, banks and two major supermarket chains Tesco and The Co-Operative.  This delightful Victorian town is particularly renowned for its picturesque Harbour and quayside as well as Promenade with Landmark Theatre and pleasure gardens.  The regional centre of Barnstaple is North Devon’s historical capital and is approximately 13 miles away and it’s acclaimed shopping precinct homes many brand name High Street shops, banks and restaurants.

Beaches nearby:-

Within walking distance:-

Combe Martin Beach and Bay - Sheltered (current free) cove, pebbled and sand, rock  pools, caves, popular for swimming and kayaking

Broadsands Beach - Off beaten track, between Combe Martin and Watermouth, 200 Steps down!, caves and tunnels, check tides before going.

Wild Pear Beach -  Close by, but Steep climb, some path worn away in last few years, secluded if you get there!

Short car journeys:-

Woolacombe Beach (12 miles) - Award winning clean sandy beach, popular for watersports, plenty of nearby amenities

Saunton Sands (16 miles) - Large sandy beach, good for windsurfing (no lifeguards)

Putsborough Beach (15 miles) - Large sandy beach, good amenities

Croyde Bay (15 miles) - Sandy beach, sand dunes, beach games

See details on above and more beaches on  Visit North Devon and Exmoor Beaches