Welcome to Combe Martin, a beautiful village located on the edge of Exmoor’s National Park in North Devon.
With its coastal beaches, rugged cliffs, and stunning surroundings, Combe Martin offers a wide range of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy.
Whether you’re seeking family-friendly adventures, beach relaxation, or scenic walks, this village has something for everyone.
Here is our locals guide to help you make the most of your visit to Combe Martin.
Combe Martin Beaches
With a stunning coastal village as its backdrop, the beaches of Combe Martin beckon visitors with their sandy shores, crystal-clear waters, and an idyllic setting nestled amidst the stunning natural beauty of North Devon, England.
Combe Martin Beaches
From the hidden caves and rock pools of Combe Martin Beach to the pebbled shores of Newberry Beach, these coastal gems offer the perfect setting for beach exploration and relaxation.
Yes, there is just more than just one beach at Combe Martin, in fact, there are several and if you’re willing to walk a little and hunt a little, you may find your very own secluded hideaway. More on these in a few moments.
For dog owners, the main Combe Martin Beach permits dogs from 1st Oct to 30th Apr, but not from 1st May to 30th Sept. Newberry Beach welcomes dogs year-round, a short walk from the village.
Combe Martin Beach
This beautiful beach is a must-visit spot, especially during low tide when hidden caves, coves, paths, and rock pools are revealed.
It’s perfect for rock pooling and exploration and is fab to swim at when the tide is in.
Adjacent to Combe Martin Beach (just to its West), Newberry Beach is a pebble beach ideal for rock pooling and shell hunting. It’s also dog-friendly year-round.
As a dog owner, we’ll quite often stay in the main Combe Martin beach area to have a wander around the shops, maybe grab an ice cream or take away a coffee and then head here for the rest of the day. It’s often much quieter than the main beach too, which is a bonus.
Wild Pear Beach
Located to the East of the main Combe Martin area, just follow the South West Coast Path up around the top of the village on the coastline and hidden down to your left is a dog-friendly beach called Wild Pear Beach.
For its location, its surprising how many people you can find here in the summer months, later or in the early parts of the year, it’s often completely deserted.
Just a short distance from Combe Martin to its West along the SW Coast Path (very clearly sign posted and extremely obvious), Broadsands Beach is definitely a hidden gem in North Devon with a sheltered cove.
While access involves climbing over 200 cliff steps, the breathtaking scenery and swimming opportunities make it worthwhile.
We did hint at some hidden beaches here and they really are hidden too!
There are two options to find these, the first is the easiest, but you must be absolutely sure that the tide is going out to do this safely.
Start at Broadlands Beach. When you get there you have two options, you can either go around the East point if the tide is on its way out and navigate the rock pools, coast edge back towards Combe Martin or as you go along the path on your way back, look for hidden (some are not hidden at all!) tracks down to the beaches on the edges.
Even in the height of summer, you may only find one or two people here at worst, quite often they are completely deserted!
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Whether you’re embarking on the exhilarating Hangman Hills Walk with its sweeping sea cliff views or opting for a leisurely stroll along the South West Coastal Path, Combe Martin Walks offers a range of trails to satisfy every adventurer and enjoy the Combe Martin attractions.
The Hangman Hills Walk
Embark on a 5-mile circular route that takes you up the highest sea cliff in the country, Little Hangman and Great Hangman.
The views from this trail are incredible. Remember to check the weather conditions and be prepared for muddy sections.
Enjoy a gentle 2-mile stroll along this path where the countryside meets the coast.
Take in the beautiful views and immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings.
South West Coastal Path to Woolacombe through Ilfracombe
Or choose to follow the South West Coastal Path for a full 14-mile walk to Woolacombe, or just stop at Ilfracombe after 5 miles. This path is 180 miles long in a huge figure of eight, but you can hop on or off as you desire.
Whichever option you choose, you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring coastal views and the possibility of spotting wildlife along the way or maybe a hidden beach all to yourself!
Car parking in Come Martin can be tricky during the summer months, so as with our other to the towns in North Devon, we suggest either getting there early or leaving it to much later in the day.
Kiln Car Park: Located centrally in Combe Martin (EX34 0DN), Kiln Car Park is the recommended parking area for beach days and coastal walks.
Parade Car Park. Also known as Seaside Hill Parking (EX34 0AW), this small carpark is up on the edge of the beach and can only accommodate 20 vehicles or so.
There is on-street parking by the beach’s edge, besides that on-street parking in Combe Martin is rare, the only place of note is Newberry Rd, EX34 0AP for 10 or so spaces max and there are a couple of spots outside the dog groomers/Central stores slightly back from the beach on the A399 at EX34 0DN.
A local’s tip would be that later in the evening as things have quieted down. Grabbing a takeaway, say fish & chips and then watching the world go by from the top seaside carpark is really quite enjoyable. Definitely secure a spot first, the shops are only 2 minutes down the hill.
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Places to Eat and Drink
From seaside pubs with incredible sea views like The Focsle to the charming Dolphin Inn Bar and Bistro offering a diverse menu, visitors can indulge in Combe Martin dining while enjoying the village’s coastal ambience.
Located on the edge of the beach, The Focsle offers incredible sea views and serves delicious pub grub throughout the day.
Address: Seaside, Combe Martin, Devon. EX34 0DJ
Phone: 01271 883354
The Dolphin Inn Bar and Bistro
Whether you’re in the mood for a pub atmosphere, restaurant, or carvery, this establishment has it all.
Address: Seaside Hill, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe EX34 0AW, United Kingdom
Phone: 01271 883424
Enjoy mouth-watering street food and a wide selection of local ciders, beers, and ales. Private parking is available. Learn more at sawmillsfreehouse.co.uk.
Address: Watermouth Valley, A399, Ilfracombe EX34 9SJ, United Kingdom
Phone: 01271 883388
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Takeaways & Food on the Go
There are a couple of cafes in the small or should we say “quaint” town centre area.
The Black and White traditional fish and chips
For a classic beachside meal, head to The Black and White for traditional fish and chips. It’s just a short walk from the beach and a popular choice on sunny days. Visit blackandwhitefishandchips.co.uk for more details.
The Redwood Cafe and Ice Cream
Located next to the beach, The Redwood Cafe and Ice Cream shop offers coffee with a view and tasty ice cream options. They even have doggy ice creams for your four-legged friends to enjoy on hot summer days.
Places to Stay
From cosy guesthouses and charming bed and breakfasts to holiday parks and self-catering cottages, there’s a place to stay in Combe Martin that suits every preference and budget.
Combe Martin Beach Holiday Park
Situated just a stone’s throw away from the beach, this holiday park offers a range of accommodations including caravans and camping options, providing easy access to the stunning coastline and a convenient base for exploring the village and its attractions.
Manleigh Holiday Park
Manleigh Holiday Park is a serene and picturesque holiday park in Combe Martin, offering a tranquil escape with stunning views and a range of self-catering accommodations.
Long Moor Farm Camping
Long Moor Farm Camping provides a peaceful and idyllic camping experience in Combe Martin, surrounded by the scenic countryside and offering a rustic retreat for nature enthusiasts.
Newberry Valley Park Camping and Caravanning
Newberry Valley Park Camping and Caravanning offer a delightful camping and caravanning experience in Combe Martin, with spacious pitches, modern amenities, and a beautiful countryside setting.
Perched on an elevated position above Combe Martin, Guyscliffe Farm offers breathtaking vistas of the scenic Exmoor hills and the tranquil Combe Martin Bay, providing a secluded yet accessible haven where visitors can enjoy a safe and peaceful environment away from the bustling crowds.
Top Things to Do
Immerse yourself in the wonders of Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, delve into the enchanting realm of Watermouth Castle, and embark on thrilling kayak tours with Surfside Kayak Hire & Tours, guaranteeing an unforgettable time for all.
Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
Enjoy shows featuring California Sea Lions, explore the park’s grounds by train, and venture into Dinosaur Park.
Be prepared for walking, as there is much to explore on foot.
West Country Walks, Combe Martin
West Country Walks in Combe Martin is a haven for nature enthusiasts and hikers, providing a variety of well-curated walking routes that showcase the breathtaking beauty of the West Country, from scenic coastal paths to enchanting woodland trails, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the region’s natural wonders at their own pace.
Surfside Kayak Hire & Tours
Experienced guides will personalize the tour based on your preferences and abilities.
Enjoy a scenic tour along the coastline, visiting secluded coves, beaches, and sea caves. The tours are suitable for all ages and even allow your four-legged friends to join.
Attractions near the Area
Step into the past at Combe Martin Museum, marvel at the awe-inspiring views from Little Hangman, and embark on scenic adventures with the West Country Walks, Combe Martin, offering something for every curious traveller.
Combe Martin Museum
Located on Cross Street, Combe Martin Museum offers a glimpse into the local history. Explore the exhibits and pieces to learn more about the village’s past.
This attraction is the highest sea cliff in the country, offering stunning views. It’s a great spot for nature lovers and hikers.
A Victorian castle turned theme park featuring a variety of attractions, including rides, gardens, and a collection of vintage arcade machines.
We have a much more detailed overview of this castle in our Ilfracombe town guide. The TL;DR version is it’s definitely worth visiting!
Combe Martin, a charming small village on the edge of Exmoor’s National Park in North Devon.
It has stunning beaches, coastal walks, local shops, pubs and cafes. Exciting attractions like Wildlife & Dinosaur Park and Watermouth Castle, there’s something for everyone.
Don’t miss the hidden caves and rock pools at Combe Martin Beach, or the breathtaking views from Little Hangman. There are hidden beaches very close by just waiting for you to discover them
So share your experiences or recommendation in the comments below or plan your visit to Combe Martin.
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