Combe Martin, five miles to the east of Ilfracombe is set in a scenic valley on the edge of Exmoor overlooked by the headland of The Great Hangman.Combe Martin has a beautiful sheltered bay popular with swimmers and kayakers There is a safe sheltered beach with a mixture of sand and pebbles which is particularly good for rockpooling. Combe Martin's bathing water achieved a Good for 2013 from the Enviroment agency
Kayaks are available to hire from Surfside Kayak Hire directly on the beach
Combe Martin has some fantastic shops, numerous restaurants, cafes and pubs including the intriguing Pack O' Cards built in 1690 as a folly by a gambling squire – it has 52 windows, 13 rooms and 4 floors! There is a well-stocked museum and TIC which was set up by members of the Combe Martin Historical Society. Combe Martin's rich past is based on the industries of lead and silver mining, smelting, lime quarrying and burning. Some of the old mines were cut right into the sea cliffs and can be seen on a boat trip from Ilfracombe Harbour on a vessel such as the Ilfracombe Princess.
Combe Martin, like Ilfracombe, is right on the South West Coat Path and the walk between the two with an ice cream or pub lunch at the end is a sometimes steep but always stunning day out.
Village events include the week long carnival (usually second week in August) and the unique 'The Hunting of The Earl of Rone' over the four days of the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.
Ilfracombe to Combe Martin by car 6 miles (15 minutes)
Check with Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre for bus times.