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.
The two villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo house much of the local community and keep careful watch on each other from opposite sides of Newton Creek. Each village has a selection of places to eat and drink and a church, though only Newton Ferrers has shops, post office and a thriving Yacht Club.
The Harbour Office is situated at the bottom of Yealm Steps. The shower and waste disposal facilities can be found here. Normal opening hours during the summer months are between 0900 and 1200 on weekdays and 0900 to 1000 on weekends and Public Holidays.
The Harbour Master or one of his assistants will be on the water in the Harbour Launch early morning and late afternoon/early evening every day from the 1st April to 31st October and they will be happy to answer any questions.
If you would like to contact us by email you can do so here. You can also use this form to provide feedback for either points where you think we have done well or perhaps where we haven’t done quite so well as you had hoped.
Visitor’s harbour dues are collected daily from the 1st April to 31st October. At other times you are welcome to stay for a couple of nights without charge, but the facilities are not available. Some of the visitor buoys and pontoons may also be removed for maintenance.