Ilfracombe to Combe Martin Walk
A popular coastal walk between these two North Devon settlements, using a section of the South West Coast Path. The route runs for a distance of about 5 miles so it's perfect for an afternoon walk. It's undulating path with some moderate climbs but with great views all the way from the elevated position of the cliff top path.
The walk starts on the front in Ilfracombe and heads east past Capstone Point where there is a bench and a telescope to enjoy the view. You continue to Beacon Point which marks the northern side of Hillsborough Down and has nice views over Hele Bay. You continue past Samson's Bay and Widmouth Head before passing a series of caves on the outskirts of Combe Martin. The final section passes another fine viewpoint at Lester Point before coming into Combe Martin itself.
To continue your walking in the area head east and visit The Hangman Hills where you can climb to the highest point on the South West Coast Path at Great Hangman. You could also explore the Heddon Valley with the climb giving great views back down to Combe Martin.
Ilfracombe to Combe Martin Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Ilfracombe to Combe Martin Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Ilfracombe to Combe Martin OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Ilfracombe to Combe Martin Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Ilfracombe to Lee Bay Walk heads west along the coast to Lee Bay before using the old Ilfracombe to Ossaborough Railway Path to return to Ilfracombe. It also visits the woodland trails in the Borough Valley between Lee and Ossaborough.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Exmoor Walks and North Devon Coast Walks pages.