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A hidden waterside retreat
The harbour on the River Yealm is a bustling, sheltered haven, providing the perfect backdrop to an incomparable location.
As is perhaps fitting with this gloriously picturesque corner of the world, the River Yealm provides both Newton and Noss with a magnificently undisturbed, perfectly natural harbour. Indispensable for visiting leisure boats, it’s also a sanctuary for protected wildlife, and an entrancing spot for sightseers.
Reaching the harbour by boat, you’ll navigate the sand bar and shallow waters around the harbour entrance, before reaching deeper waters, taking you past the forested headlands of Misery Point and Warren Point. Finally, the unforgettable aspect of Newton Ferrers sweeps into full view.
With deep water swinging moorings available, as well as visitor pontoons, for a small harbour visitor fee you can enjoy a lazy lunchtime stopover, or reap the benefits of a longer visit to the irresistible villages of Newton and Noss. Modest facilities on the harbour can also provide crew members with hot and cold meals, refreshments and even a hot shower!
The quickest way to explore both villages is by the water ferry. For more than 100 years, a seasonal foot ferry service has been run by local boatmen, taking visitors between Yealm Steps in Newton, and Wide Slip in Noss. It also stops across the Yealm at Warren Point, where you can enjoy a leisurely walk along a stretch of the South West Coast Path, through National Trust woodland and on to Wembury Beach for rockpooling, watersports, or a well-earned cup of tea at the Old Mill café.
The ferry is also used for limited water taxi journeys and occasional river trips between April and September (pictured bottom left). So whether you’re enjoying a scenic ride along the River Yealm, or flitting across the water from Newton to Noss and back again, the ferry is a much-loved and essential part of harbour life. Please call Billy Gregor on 07817 132757 to check operating times, or to book a private crossing.
Management of this unassuming, but popular harbour and all its coming and goings, comes under the jurisdiction of the River Yealm Harbour Authority, headed up by Harbour Master, Bob Read (pictured bottom right). Born and raised in Plymouth, Bob’s career has taken him all across Europe in several boat-related roles, most recently, spending 11 years as Assistant Harbour Master at Sutton Harbour on Plymouth’s Barbican.
Finally, Bob joined the River Yealm Harbour Authority as Harbour Master in 2016. “I’ve only been Harbour Master for a short period, but I love it. I feel very privileged to be working in such a wonderful and beautiful place, where my Grandad used to bring me many years ago.”
Ensuring the safety, not only of the harbour’s boats and tourists, but also the protection of this Special Area of Conservation and the many protected species that live there, falls to Bob and his team on a daily basis. But far from being a chore, it’s always an absolute pleasure.
14 Luxury Apartments
The Yealm Development consists of 14 luxury apartments, comprising the restored former hotel, two woodland area buildings and one beautiful contemporary house. See the entire development by clicking below.
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