{"LocationDetails":{"Id":809,"Name":"Combe Martin","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to Combe Martin holiday cottages\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find Combe Martin tucked in the peaceful countryside of North Devon, and it\u0026rsquo;s perfect for those of you looking for a peaceful escape to the North Devon coast. If you arrive via the coastal road you\u0026rsquo;ll be treated to fleeting glimpses of some of Devon\u0026rsquo;s most spectacular scenery. Look out for the headlands of Great Hangman and Little Hangman which jut from the village, and as you make your way down to the sheltered harbour you\u0026rsquo;ll have plenty of opportunity to take in the views.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eJust to the west of Exmoor National Park, Combe Martin\u0026rsquo;s popular for its sandy beach, and with a Seaside Award to its name in recognition of its safe waters and clean sands, it\u0026rsquo;s the perfect stretch of coastline to enjoy some family time on the sand. If you\u0026rsquo;re a walker, the great thing about the village is that it has all kinds of little pathways and trails leading away from it, so it\u0026rsquo;s just a question of choosing a direction and following your feet.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003ePlaces to visit in Combe Martin\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eLet\u0026rsquo;s start with one of our favourite places to visit in Combe Martin \u0026ndash; the fantastic Watermouth Castle. One of the most popular attractions in the West Country, this day out centres around a Victorian castle, and it\u0026rsquo;s home to a theme park, some delightfully quirky collections and landscaped gardens. This is the kind of day out where you can visit some gnomes, lose yourself in a maze and even find yourself in a dungeon.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNext, it\u0026rsquo;s Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park. Set in 28 acres of sub-tropical gardens, this park\u0026rsquo;s all about seeing as many animals as possible while you\u0026rsquo;re in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Don\u0026rsquo;t be alarmed if you come across the odd life size dinosaur \u0026ndash; they\u0026rsquo;re all part of the fun \u0026ndash; and there are free shows, talks and experiences available every day to help you to get the most from your visit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eCombe Martin\u0026rsquo;s part of Exmoor National Park, a gorgeous sprawling landscape with a different view around every corner. So, at least one day of your Combe Martin holiday should be dedicated to seeing what there is to see in what\u0026rsquo;s an official Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.\u0026nbsp;Whether you fancy climbing one of the highest cliffs in the country or just tucking into a cream tea beside a trickling stream, Exmoor\u0026rsquo;s one of those spots that\u0026rsquo;s all about just doing things your way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eThings to do in Combe Martin\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf we had to pick a very favourite thing to do in Combe Martin then it would have to be visiting its sandy (and we should add \u0026ndash; award-winning!) beach. Set in a beautiful sheltered bay, this little gem of a beach is perfect for families keen to escape the crowds and take in the scenery while the kids enjoy the safe waters. The beach was awarded a Seaside Award in 2016, so we have it on very good authority that its clean, safe and well looked after all year round.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe South West Coast Path just so happens to run right through the village of Combe Martin, and that means you can grab your comfiest hiking boots and take in some of the area\u0026rsquo;s scenery on foot. The section that leads to the beautiful resort of Woolacombe\u0026rsquo;s 14 miles, but if you\u0026rsquo;re feeling energetic it\u0026rsquo;s well worth it for the views. The area of pathway around Morte Point is a Site of Special Scientific Interest thanks to its coastal heathland and grasses, and the rock formations that surround it make this one of the most striking areas of the North Devon coast.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"combe-martin","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/emily.judge/2018/11/Combe Martin.JPG/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Exmoor National Park","Body":"\u003cp\u003eOnce an ancient royal hunting forest, Exmoor has a foot in both north Devon and Somerset and includes 267 square miles of national park. The park is home to several Sites of Special Scientific Interest thanks to their flora and fauna, so it\u0026rsquo;s the perfect hiking ground for anyone who loves nature.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eExmoor may be very pretty, but its terrain is still ideal for an invigorating walk during any season. With more than 1000km of public footpaths and bridleways that seem to venture through every type of landscape walking is a great way to get close to the area\u0026rsquo;s history and wildlife. There are also guided walks available throughout Exmoor, so if you don\u0026rsquo;t want to miss anything you can have an expert on hand to point out some of its most impressive sights.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re after long distance trails to really make the most of Exmoor, choose from The Coleridge Way, the Exe Valley Way and many more. The Coleridge Way follows the footsteps of the great Coleridge, and you\u0026rsquo;ll pass some of the scenery that inspired his most treasured works. The Exe Valley Way is 45 miles long and follows the Exe Estuary. This is ideal for those who like to pass through the odd town or city as they walk, as it cuts through Exeter, Tiverton and one or two other urban areas.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you just want to hike Exmoor for a day you can form circular routes and shorter walks using the path network, so it\u0026rsquo;s a flexible landscape for hikers.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.1667,"LocationLongitude":-3.75,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/04/1364805675.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/exmoor-country/exmoor-national-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/04/1364805675.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Watermouth Castle","Body":"\u003cp\u003eHere\u0026rsquo;s a thought, a family attraction that has the beauty and history of a Devon castle and dozens of rides to delight the children. Watermouth Castle is a Victorian castle filled with engaging displays, fascinating treasures and surrounded by a family theme park and landscaped gardens. The castle\u0026rsquo;s setting overlooking Watermouth Cove means visitors can have a day to remember amidst gorgeous scenery.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eVisitors can let off steam on the rides, meet the residents of Gnome Land, brave the dungeons and enjoy entertainment at this unique family attraction. The underground Water Show Extravaganza is always a first for the park\u0026rsquo;s visitors, and the sight of the fountains, lights and music is perfectly synchronised to make for an unforgettable experience.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAdventure Land is a magical place where you can water bomb your family with water balloons, try your hand at Crazy Fountain Golf and ride the Spinning Cooking Pot ride. Water Wars is open during school holidays, and there is a small cost for the balloons.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eMerry-Go-Land is full of weird and wonderful sights \u0026ndash; and its features include the Mystical Water Gardens, a floating marble ball and the swing boats add a nostalgic touch to the Victorian lakes. Expect the unexpected in this quirky corner of the park, and prepare to join in the madness as you wander. Watermouth Castle is a refreshing attraction as it\u0026rsquo;s aimed at all ages, and its unique setting on the Devon coast makes it one you\u0026rsquo;ll all remember.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.2132,"LocationLongitude":-4.06905,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/carousel.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/ilfracombe/watermouth-castle","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/02/carousel.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park","Body":"\u003cp\u003eCombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park is one of the best-loved days out in the region, and it\u0026rsquo;s a fantastic combination of the excitement of a wildlife park with a peaceful atmosphere from its rural location.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAnimals to greet as you explore the park include lions, sealions, falconry, primates, penguins and much more, and some of them even impress visitors with shows! As if the wildlife, feeding talks and shows aren\u0026rsquo;t enough for one Woolacombe attraction, the park is also home to some terrifying dinosaurs...The movements and sounds from the dinosaurs make them appear almost as real as the wildlife, and the rides are great fun for all ages too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe park covers 28 acres of scenic sub-tropical gardens, and as it\u0026#39;s found right in the heart of a Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it\u0026#39;s a unique family day out that\u0026#39;s fun for the kids and enjoyable for the mums and dads too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.189,"LocationLongitude":-4.0036,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/dinosaur.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/ilfracombe/combe-martin-wildlife-and-dinosaur-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/dinosaur.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Watermouth Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe sheltered Watermouth Cove in Ilfracombe is not only an important marine conservation area but also a picturesque sandy beach. If you fancy visiting a north Devon beach that\u0026#39;s slightly off the beaten track then this is a quiet spot that\u0026#39;s great for letting the dogs enjoy a run on the sand.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWatermouth Beach is a secluded, sandy spot ideal for a family visit during dog-friendly beach holidays in Ilfracombe. Watermouth Beach is just 2 miles outside the village of Combe Martin, and the beach allows dogs throughout the year. The beach\u0026rsquo;s surrounding rocks shelter the waters from strong tides, making it a safe area for swimming.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.2145,"LocationLongitude":-4.06976,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/04/woman with dog beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/ilfracombe/watermouth-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/04/woman with dog beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Ilfracombe Coastal Cruises","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIlfracombe\u0026rsquo;s harbour may look picturesque but once you\u0026rsquo;re out on its waters you\u0026rsquo;re likely to spot all kinds of action. From friendly seals to porpoises and even dolphins, a coastal cruise aboard the\u0026nbsp;Ilfracombe Princess\u0026nbsp;is one of the most exciting family attractions in Ilfracombe. The cruises leave from Ilfracombe harbour regularly from Easter to October, and the choices include a special seals cruise \u0026ndash; now who can say no to that?!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe coastal landscape that surrounds Ilfracombe is one of the UK\u0026rsquo;s most dramatic, and a cruise means you can sit back and enjoy the views to make sure you don\u0026rsquo;t miss a thing. Cruises from Ilfracombe also pass the majestic Lundy Island, one of North Devon\u0026rsquo;s most famous landmarks. Alternatively, there\u0026#39;s an Exmoor bird cruise that\u0026#39;s ever popular with wildlife fans. 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