Combe Martin is a beautiful little coastal village in North Devon. This is a parish area with a strong community and a warm welcome. Combe Martin only has a population of around three thousand but it often gets a lot busier in the summer months as the tourism industry takes hold. The village is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and has a rugged and spectacular coastline, because of this the area is a popular spot with visitors from all over the world.
The little town of Combe Martin has a few nice places to stay when it comes to hotels. The Sandy Cove Hotel has an excellent reputation for high quality rooms and an excellent level of service. There is also the Park View which is another popular hotel that people often stay at. There are also a few really nice camp sites located around Combe Martin, these all have good facilities and are a nice cheap alternative. There are also plenty of quaint little cottages in the area which are available for rent.
Combe Martin itself does not always have that much going on, but there are some nice shops to browse round. The ones on the front tend to offer tourist souvenirs and things like this. Further back in town there are some nice shops offering local good such as arts and crafts, these are very interesting to look round. There is one shop on the front that offers excellent home made ice cream, this is a must on a hot summers day. There is also an excellent fish and chip shop located on the front, this offers brilliant food and really is a great place to get you dinner from as you walk along the beach.
At first glance the beach here may not seem to appealing. But it does have some good features. The sea tends to be quite calm here as the cliffs make this cove quite sheltered, this means it's good for swimming. To the right of the beach there is a walkway that you can wander along at low tide. If goes round to the left of the cliffs and takes you to a private little beach which really is beautiful. There are some interesting caves here and some great rock pools to explore. Just make sure you don't get cut off by the tide, or you will be swimming home!
One of the biggest attraction of Combe Martin is the Wildlife Park and Dinosaur Park. This is located a few miles from the sea front and is well worth a visit. This is great for kids, they have a falconry display on most days and the Sealion show is something not to be missed. There are also lots of exotic birds and reptiles that you can go and look at. This is somewhere that I used to love as a child and the park has been expanded in recent years and has an excellent reputation.
Combe Martin really is a wonderful place to visit. There are plenty of other places in the area that also merit a visit. This means that Combe Martin can be a great place to use as a base while you explore the beauty of North Devon. If you have never been to Combe Martin you really are missing out, go and see exactly what this little village has to offer.
Combe Martin is a coastal village located in North Devon. It is situated at the bottom of a valley, formed by the small River Umber. Combe Martin stretches for 2 miles along the A399 and is often argued as the longest village in the country.
The village has a vast array of ammenities, including five pubs; a range of shops; numerous camping and caravan sites nearby; and of course, its beaches. The Focsle Inn is located on the seafront, with outdoor seating overlooking the pebbled main beach. It appeals to families whilst also having a bar area where children are not permitted. The Dolphin Inn and Castle Inn also overlook the sea, but neither of these have outside seating areas as they are built along the A399. Further inland, perhaps a mile at most, is the family-friendly and quite striking Pack O Cards (4 floors, 13 windows and 52 doors!). It has an outdoor play area, built alongside the small river, set in a large garden. The building itself is quite spectacular and there is a museum detailing its history. Further inland still is Ye Olde George and Dragon.
The beaches around Combe Martin are predominantly pebbled. There is a path built out into the sea, which at low tide is exposed to allow access to the rock pools and caves, which keep the young and old entertained during the day.
For the active visitor, there are many walks around the village. The nearby peaks of Little Hangman and Great Hangman are a great starting point, and provide some pleasant views, sections of this walk are incorporated into the Tarka Trail which loops around North Devon.
The 300 bus services provides visitors the opportunity to travel to Ilfracombe, Lynton/Lynmouth and Minehead. The 30 bus also travels to Ilfracombe, but then continues on to Barnstable.
There are many camping and caravaning sites in and around the village. During a recent stay, I visited Newberry Farm, which is a touring site, located directly off the A399. He charged us £5 each for one night camping, which was quite reasonable!