Combe Martin is a resort situated in a sheltered valley on the western fringe of the Exmoor National Park. The large village is located close to some of the most stunning coastal scenery in the area. There are spectacular views across the bay to dramatic headlands beyond and the small, peaceful cove has changed little over the years. Boats are still moored in the harbour, although there are probably more pleasure craft than fishing boats these days.
At low tide there are large expanses of golden sand accessible in addition to a sheltered sandy cove, making the area ideal for family holidays. The nearby countryside and coastline has numerous footpaths and bridleways for walking and riding.
Combe Martin claims to have the longest main street of any village in the country the street winds along the valley for more than two miles. The Pack of Cards Inn was built in 1626 by George Ley of Marwood, to celebrate a large win at cards. The building has 52 windows (one for each card in the pack), 4 floors (one for each suit) and 13 doors on each floor (one for each card in the suit). The whole structure is said to resemble a pack of cards in a heap.
Each year on the Spring Bank Holiday Combe Martin celebrates the traditional ceremony of the Hunting of the Earl of Rone. This is a traditional pagan hobby horse procession, followed by a chase through the woods in pursuit of the Earl. When he is caught, he is placed backwards on a donkey and led in a procession to the beach where he is finally dumped in the sea.
The views from both the Little Hangman and the higher Great Hangman are well worth the effort. These are the high points of the edge of Exmoor, offering views of the moors and the coastline.
A short way along the coast from Combe Martin is the tranquil village of Berrynarbor, a regular winner of both the Britain in Bloom and Best Kept Village awards. The narrow streets of the village are free from the more obvious signs of tourism and both the church and the stone arcades are worth visiting.