River Yealm Harbour Authority
About the Harbour Authority
The harbour is managed by the River Yealm Harbour Authority which is a statutory non-profit making body which leases the harbour, except the Kitley Estate further upstream, from the Crown Estate.
The Authority’s function is to regulate the harbour for the benefit of all its users and derives its powers from a Statutory Instrument and local Byelaws. The Authority is made up of eleven members appointed by the four Riparian Parish Councils, South Hams District Council, Royal Yachting Association and mooring holders on the river.
There are a number of options for visitors coming to visit the River Yealm. Anchoring is only allowed in Cellar Bay. Once you are East of Misery Point you may only use a buoy or Pontoon to moor onto. We have two Pontoons and six public moorings. Resident moorings can be used if there is no tender on it or a note indicating an imminent return of the owner.
Owners of vessels larger than 45’, displace more than 25 tonnes or have a draft of greater than 2.2m should contact the Harbour Office prior to arrival. Visitors may use these facilities during the day in the low season without charge but please contact the harbour office before leaving your boat. Overnight charging starts from 1530.
The River Yealm is tranquil, unspoilt, and an important area in terms of conservation. It is also a Bass hatchery, Special Area of Conservation (SAC), and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and as such harbours many protected species. Much of the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.
This provides an environment that is rich in biodiversity and is a quiet haven where you can get away from it all. There is something for everyone in and around the harbour area. Children and adults alike can enjoy the natural beauty and beaches that are near at hand. From exploring the many walks to making sandcastles on the sand bar when it is exposed to crabbing and searching the rock pools; to enjoying some great food; good beer and wine to delicacies and gifts from the shops in Newton Ferrers.
To contact the Harbour Master's Office, or to give feedback, please use a method below.
TELEPHONE : (01752) 872533
The Harbour Office,
Nominal Office Hours (Please see News for Covid 19 updates)
Fri (Times may vary)
In Summer, the Harbour Master or one of his assistants will be on the water in the Harbour Launch from approximately 0800 to 0915 and 1600 to 1830 every day.
During the summer season a considerable amount of time is spent on the water away from the office so the times shown above are a guideline. If you wish to contact the Harbour Master outside of these times or make a specific appointment, please contact the Harbour Office well in advance.