top of page

Kayaking at Combe Martin

About Combe Martin Bay

Combe Martin bay offers one of the most scenic and dramatic coastlines in the UK and is sheltered throughout the prevailing weather. Bordering Exmoor National Park it has around 3km of coastline to explore safely. This Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) is full of inlets, caves and secluded beaches to explore and can no better be done than on your own kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Wildlife such as dolphins, porpoise, seals, oyster catchers, gannets, fulmars and peregrine falcons are often spotted throughout the year, making your paddling experience truly magical.

Sea Kayaking from Combe Martin

Combe Martin is quickly becoming a nationally recognised area for sea kayaking. The bay is very safe for the novice and inexperienced. The village is also an ideal base for those wanting to venture further afield. Lynmouth, Foreland point, Ilfracombe, Lee Bay and Morte Point are all achievable for the more experienced paddler. Combe Martin offers ample parking close to the beach, kayak shops and plenty of cafes and shops for all your essentials and supplies. The bay is also popular for kayak fishing, mackerel, pollock, codling, bass and of course dogfish are the most popular catch.

What’s on offer?  

Within 50 metres of the beach you can hire your own kayak or stand-up paddleboard from 1-hour through to 2 weeks. There are shops and kayak centres that can offer kayak guided tours where you will get the full advantage of local guides. For the more nervous, you can take kayak lessons from a British Canoeing qualified instructor. Or try one of the fastest growing water sports – stand-up paddle boarding, either hire your own and have a go or take a lesson. For groups, corporate events and stag and hen parties there is plenty on offer with companies offering various group water activities. For schools and under 18 clubs the kayak centre is AALA approved for all water activities.  

For visiting paddlers, Combe Martin has a very active British Canoeing affiliated club - where a warm welcome awaits on one of their club paddles.

Bring your own Kayak

If you have your own kayaks, bring them on holiday. A car park is next to the beach, with easy access to the beach. What can be better than a safe beach with a car park and toilets, making a stress-free day kayaking, for the whole family to enjoy?

bottom of page