Combe Martin lies on the North Devon coast about five miles east of Ilfracombe and on the western fringes of Exmoor National Park.
There are two beaches at Combe Martin, both a mixture of sand and shingle, surrounded by dramatic high cliffs. The western beach is known as Newberry Beach and faces north. The main Combe Martin beach is about twice the size and is watered on its western edge by the River Umber.
Very popular with families, the beaches shelve quite steeply and care should be taken if entering the water. Take care not to sit directly below the cliffs as rock falls are not uncommon along this stretch of coastline.
All the usual facilities are to be found in Combe Martin.
Dogs are banned from Combe Martin main beach, but are allowed on the western Newberry Beach, all year round. Just over Lester Point to the northeast lies the little known Wild Pear Naturist Beach.
✔ Sandy beach
✘ Total dog ban
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Interesting geology
✔ Family friendly
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
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