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Combe Martin

A few miles east of Ilfracombe is the small seaside resort of Combe Martin. Situated in a narrow valley, the village is made up almost entirely of a mile and a half long main street (one of the longest in Britain) leading to a small rocky cove with a popular sandy beach. Surrounded by rocky sea cliffs and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Combe Martin is often overlooked in favour of the bigger North Devon resorts, but definitely worth a visit.

The village has ancient origins, with evidence of Iron Age occupation at Newberry Castle fort nearby. There are also several disused silver mines around Combe Martin, with some items in the Royal Crown Jewel collection made from Combe Martin silver.

On the Coast Path high above Combe Martin are the twin hills of Little Hangman and Great Hangman. The highest (and a steep and challenging walk up from Combe Martin!) is Great Hangman, which at 318m above sea level is the highest point on the whole of the South West Peninsular. Below Great Hangman are the highest cliffs in southern Britain, with a cliff face rising 244m (800 feet) vertically above the sea below.