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Refreshment:- The Foc'sle and other pubs at Combe Martin.
Map:- Explorer OL 9

View over Wild Pear

Great Hangman Walk

View over Combe Martin

  Combe Martin to Great Hangman Walk - Approx 6 miles

The Route: Start the walk from the beach car park at Combe Martin. Follow the south west coast path leading from the car park along a short lane and then up some steps climbing steeply up behind the houses. At the top of the hill you reach a shelter where you can rest for a while and admire the views.

Continue along the path, still gradually climbing, admiring the far reaching views to your right over Combe Martin and onto another seat over looking Wild Pear unofficial nudist beach.

Continue on ignoring the path back to Combe Martin and go through a wicket gate towards Little Hangman still climbing upwards, with views behind you now of Wild Pear and Combe Martin. Finally reaching the summit of Little Hangman you continue along the well marked coast path towards Great Hangman which you can see in the distance. The route goes through a series of wicket gates until it reaches open moorland. At Great Hangman, the summit of which is marked by a pile of stones, continue on down the other side until you reach a corner of a stone wall. Here you turn right following the footpath to County Road.

Continue on the path reaching some sheep pens. Here cross through two field gates where the path becomes a farm track which you continue down skirting around the side of Girt Down Farm. From the farm continue down the lane sign posted Combe Martin. After a short distance at the top of a small rise in the road take a path to your right marked to Combe Martin and Knapp Down Lane.

At the bottom of the path turn right down the tarmac road continue along down the hill until you see a footpath to your right marked by a green sign which you take leading you back to Combe Martin, at the bottom cross straight over the road and continue back down the foot path leading to the High Street passing the school on your righthand side as you go.


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