Things to do near Wheel Farm

The cottages at Wheel Farm are set within a quiet, rural countryside setting, but are only a few minutes’ drive from the seaside village of Combe Martin, where you will find a wide range of restaurants, cafés, pubs and independent shops. The village also has its own family friendly beach and a selection of attractions to suit all ages.

The glorious goldens sands at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton are all within a 20-minute drive. They are a popular choice with families and water-sport enthusiasts; for rock pooling, surfing, sand castle building and sun bathing. During the busier summer months, smaller and more secluded beaches, such as Lee Bay, Barricane and Hele Bay offer excellent, quieter alternatives to the more well-known beaches.

Ilfracombe, a popular seaside town, with its beautiful harbour, historic tunnels beaches, famous Damien Hirst statue ‘Verity’ and its wonderful mix of quaint tea rooms and good quality restaurants make it a great place to visit. Other enjoyable days outs include exploring the delights of Exmoor National Park, perhaps a lovely circular walk to Heddon’s Mouth, or a visit to Lynton and Lynmouth, where a trip on the ‘cliff railway’ is a must.

Within easy reach of the cottages there are several attractions, including Exmoor Zoo, Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, Watermouth Castle and the National Trust managed Arlington Court. There really is something for everyone, no matter what their age!

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Wheel Farm located?

Wheel Farm is located 1.5 miles from Combe Martin, 7 miles from Ilfracombe and 9 miles from Barnstaple.
What is the nearest village?

The nearest village is Combe Martin, which is 1.5 miles away.
Is the village within walking distance?

In theory it is possible to walk to Combe Martin, however, it is not recommended unless you are a very keen walker as the walk back is up a steep hill to avoid the main road.
Where is the nearest supermarket or village shop for daily essentials?

Combe Martin has a few shops selling daily essentials, as well as its own butchers. Ilfracombe has a Tesco and Lidl but for large supermarkets you will need to travel to Barnstaple.
Where is the nearest pub or restaurant?

Combe Martin has a few pubs and a couple of restaurants, as does Ilfracombe where you will find Tom Carr’s The Olive Room. A personal recommendation for a good, friendly pub is The Pyne Arms at East Down around 4 miles away.
Do supermarkets deliver to Wheel Farm?

Yes all major supermarkets will deliver to Wheel Farm.
Where is the nearest beach?

Combe Martin beach is 2 miles away and has car parking nearby. Alternative beaches nearby include Woolacombe, which is 8 miles away and Croyde, which is 11 miles away. Some hidden beaches can also be found around the coastline such as Broadsands.
How far is Exmoor?

Exmoor can be accessed from Combe Martin and has some wonderful walks across the coast path to Hunter’s Inn at Heddon’s Mouth.
What watersports can be enjoyed locally?

Sea kayaking is available at Combe Martin with equipment hire available nearby. Other water sports such as surfing, coasteering and stand-up paddle boarding can be enjoyed at Woolacombe, which has onsite equipment hire and lessons available for anyone needing some pointers. If looking to hire a jet-ski, this can be done from the nearby Watermouth Cove.
Can bikes be hired locally?

Bikes can be hired in either Barnstaple or Braunton with wonderful cycle routes nearby including the Tarka Trail, which is largely level and traffic free.

Places to eat

North Devon is home to a range of excellent local pubs, romantic bistros and family friendly restaurants. Many of them have extensive menus to suit all tastes, and will source many of their ingredients locally.

Days out

From railways to castles, North Devon has a wide range of places to visit and things to do on a day out. Whether you are looking to enjoy a day sight-seeing or explore a local garden, you are guaranteed to have a good time.

For the kids

There are many different family friendly attractions within easy reach of Wheel Farm, all with something to offer children no matter what their age. We have put together just a few of our favourites.


When staying in North Devon a trip to the beach is a must. Famed for its rugged coastline, clean waves, golden sands and rocky coves, there really is plenty of choice, and all within a short drive of Wheel Farm.

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Booking your holiday or weekend break at Wheel Farm Cottages could not be easier. We offer a convenient online booking system, which guests can use to check availability, as well as book direct from the website.

Alternatively, please contact us via email or on 07403010400 and we will be more than happy to assist you in setting up a booking or answering any questions you may have.

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