The Forest School at Combe Martin

This beautiful site at Combe Martin, just a few miles from the stunning North Devon coast and a few miles from Barnstaple, was taken on by The Outdoors Group in 2021.

As a site that has been enjoyed by the community for several years under its former title ‘Quarry Fields Forest School’ we wanted to do all we could to ensure the site continued to offer the learning and adventure opportunities we believe in. After a period of trialling different sessions, from September 2022, we have now reached a fantastic cooperative solution with the incredible Sarah Tawse who is taking on term time provision (including her very popular toddlers sessions) under her CIC (Community Interest Company), Wild Nurture CIC. The Outdoors Group will continue to run Holiday Clubs in school holidays, Birthday Parties on request, and School Group sessions on request.

A relatively young woodland site that lends itself perfectly to Forest School, this site consists of willow, birch and hazel encompassed by surrounding mighty oaks. Running through the woodland is a little gem of a natural spring that pools to create a perfectly relaxing little spot for water play and exploration. Another fantastic feature this site offers is a meadow area and is a treasure trove for nature observation due to the flora and fauna that thrives here. We are delighted to be part of the continued presence of young people on this site, playing, exploring, discovering and learning in the great outdoors.

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Holiday Clubs

Outdoor woodland based childcare for school age children during the school holidays at our Forest School sites around Devon.

Birthday Parties

A different approach to parties with our amazing woodland birthdays at The Forest School at Ilfracombe!

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We believe that all schools should embrace the outdoors. That’s why we provide bespoke training opportunities for students and teaching staff.

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The Forest School at Combe Martin

Quarry Fields Forest School,
Pine Lodge,
Combe Martin

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From Ilfracombe

  1. Leave Ilfracombe on the A361
  2. At Mullacott Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A3123
  3. On A Hill Garage crossroads, straight on towards M5
  4. Berry Down Cross, sharp left hand turn, follow the road towards Combe Martin (not turn right towards M5)
  5. Wheel Lane is the next right, shortly after the junction towards M5
  6. Immediately turn left onto partial restricted-usage road
  7. Once off wheel lane, follow track for 1/4 mile
  8. Overflow parking is available further down the track

From Barnstaple

  1. Leave Barnstaple on North Road, past North Devon District Hospital and straight over the roundabout
  2. Turn first left onto B3230 to Muddiford
  3. In Muddiford, turn right up Whitefield Hill, signed Combe Martin
  4. At the T Junction at Berry Down Cross, turn right towards Combe Martin
  5. Continue towards Combe Martin (not right turn towards M5)
  6. Wheel Lane is shortly after that junction
  7. Immediately turn left onto partial restricted-usage road
  8. Once off wheel lane, follow track for 1/4 mile
  9. Overflow parking is available further down the track

From Lynton

  1. Leave Lynton on the B3234 towards Barnstaple
  2. After 1.5 miles, turn right onto A39 towards Barnstaple
  3. After 6.5 miles at Blackmoor Gate, turn right onto Long Ln/A399 (towards Combe Martin)
  4. Two miles later, turn left onto Long Ln/A3123 (towards Woolacombe)
  5. After 2.5 miles, turn LEFT onto Wheel Lane
  6. Immediately turn left onto partial restricted-usage road
  7. Once off Wheel Lane, follow track for 1/4 mile
  8. Overflow parking is available further down the track

We have a hard standing, private car park. Please proceed past the ‘Private’ signs for the nearby holiday cottages, our car park is beyond these signs.  

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