The Beach Guide

Combe Martin Beach

Combe Martin Beach - Devon

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Combe Martin beach, on the North Devon coast is set in an attractive location just below the small resort village which gives it its name. It is flanked by some of the highest sea cliffs in England, which go towards earning its designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The beach itself is a mixture of mostly shingle and pebbles, but it becomes more sandy as you approach the water. It's a great location for swimming as its sheltered position means that it's protected from particularly strong currents or waves. However, there is no lifeguard service so care should be taken.

Combe Martin is also a great place to come with children and there are many rock pools to either side of the beach that they will likely find interesting.

The beach is a good walk from the centre of Combe Martin but there is a large car park above the beach, which has a public toilet and stairs allowing direct access. There is another small car park by the adjacent Newberry Beach. Around the beach there are various shops and cafes.

Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service

No

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 1st May and 30th September, but are allowed during the winter months.

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Pub nearby

    Nearest town

    Ilfracombe

    Postcode

    EX34 0DJ

    OS grid ref.

    SS 5773 4730

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating