Noss Mayo is a pretty riverside village nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the south coast of Devon, between Salcombe and Plymouth. The village faces neighbouring Newton Ferrers across a beautiful tidal creek in the River Yealm estuary, and is bordered by picturesque woodlands.
Noss Mayo enjoys stunning views over the estuary, and offers a peaceful spot from which to watch varied bird and water life as well as activities on the river. The sheltered harbour, with its colourful sailing dinghies, is well protected from storms in the Channel and makes ideal sailing waters for novices and experienced sailors alike.
Wander past charming waterside cottages, to the Swan Inn for a refreshing beer or to The Ship for fine food. At low tide, cross the causeway to Newton Ferrers for a few shops, a café, and the Dolphin Inn with its ample beer garden looking over the creek. High tide offers the excuse to take the ferry (or paddle or sail!) to secure your fresh croissants from the local Post Office and store.
Walkers will enjoy the half hour stroll or more from Noss Mayo through idyllic woodland to Cellars Beach, located on the South West Coast Path, and from there, up to Gara Point. There are several unspoilt beaches within a short drive, which include family-friendly Wembury, dog-friendly Wonwell, and beautiful beach Mothecombe which is a hidden gem and offers excellent bathing at low tide.
Plymouth is conveniently situated, just 10 miles away, and is well worth visiting for a day trip or two. Highlights include the Hoe, with its iconic lighthouse and spectacular views across the world-famous natural harbour, the National Marine Aquarium, and the vibrant Barbican area with its theatre and a fantastic selection of waterside restaurants, pubs, and bars.
A holiday cottage in Noss Mayo offers a very peaceful base from which to explore stunning coastline, pretty villages and the historic city of Plymouth.
Boat trips departing Noss Mayo or Newton Ferrers with local wildlife enthusiast and angler, Jonathan Rundle. Explore the the local coast and estuary from the beautiful River Yealm observing bird and marine life, as well as the stunning scenery. Maximum 4 passengers, fishing opportunities available on request.
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Set in a beautiful location overlooking the sea at the tip of Plymouth Hoe and voted one of the top 10 best outdoor pools in Europe, Tinside Lido is an attraction not to be missed. Open during the Summer months this fantastic outdoor salt water swimming pool offers beautiful surroundings in which to swim, sunbathe and watch the world go by.
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The popularity of SUP, or Stand Up Paddle Boarding, in the last few years has been fast growing and with good reason. The sport is a beautiful way to cruise along the coast, glide up the estuary, or catch some waves in a versatile and accessible activity that you can make as challenging or relaxing as you wish. With SUP Rental you can have lessons to get the basics or brush up on your skills, join a paddle board evening for a group jaunt, or simply hire your equipment and head off out yourselves with family or friends (they deliver to much of SE Cornwall, so you can have one delivered to your holiday home). The friendly company was established by Reuben and Lucy, who are both watersports enthusiasts and are eager to share their passion for this lovely sport. Click here for further details
Nice local pub, lovely beer garden to sit and watch the boats sail by.
A pretty waterside pub where children can paddle in the water and yachtsmen tie up their boats outside. Here you can enjoy local beers and fresh homemade food, whilst enjoying the view over the Yealm estuary.
The Ship Inn Noss Mayo, Plymouth PL8 1EW (T: 01752 872387)
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Great pub, brilliant location - just watch out for the tide if parking on the beach!
Good pub food with attentive service
We went to the Ship, 3 times during our 1 week stay in Noss Mayo. What a fabulous place to eat. A great menu, something for everyone and a wonderful atmosphere. They've got the balance right between a good welcoming pub and a great restaurant. Superb
Great Pub/Restaurant, we went there four times to eat in our stay. The food was excellent and they had a good selection of beers and wines. All the staff were welcoming and friendly and make the visits a pleasure. Will definitely return next year.
Excellent food and service.
Very friendly, good food, good service
We ate here three times in the week we stayed in Noss Mayo. The food was delicious and the portions very generous on each visit. The views from the upstairs dining area are to die for. However, most importantly, we found all the staff charming and efficient despite often being very busy. We look forward to a return visit soon.
Consistently excellent food and friendly staff
Great local pub, very warm welcome, dog friendly and a nice pint.
Great food and selection of ciders.
A brilliant pub, fantastic atmosphere day & night. Live music and a great menu - including a great vegetarian selection. The staff were on the ball and service was quick. The chef was able to adapt the menu to suit 'fussy'children. Highly recommended.
A warm and cosy family-friendly pub just a short distance from Wembury beach, with two bars and a restaurant serving an extensive menu including good Sunday roasts. Outside there is a large sunny decked area with tables and a kids play area.
The Odd Wheel Knighton Road, Wembury PL9 0JD (T: 01752 863052)
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We loved this pub, the landlady and regulars were absolutely lovely to us, so friendly and caring. the landlady even helped us when our car broke down by letting us use their phone to call the RAC and drove my husband to meet the mechanic. Even my 14 year old son loved it as the locals and the landlady would entertain him by playing darts. The food is outstanding well worth the visits they made our holiday.
A friendly National Trust owned café with lovely views over Wembury beach. A great spot to enjoy a coffee, ice cream or light meal after a walk along the coast of during a day spent at the beach.
The Old Mill Café Church Road, Wembury PL9 0HP (T: 01752 863280)
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This lovely cafe has a great position overlooking the beach. Nice food and good coffee.
Lovely little café, we loved sitting outside with our coffee and pasty watching everyone enjoying themselves on the beach. highly recommended. August 17
One of South Devon’s quieter beaches, Mothecombe is a large and unspoiled, privately owned stretch of sand that’s open every day, all year round. Having won an award from the Marine Conservation Society for its clean sea and sand, you can be assured that relaxing here and pottering about in the water is going to be a happy, healthy and pleasant experience for all in this sheltered corner of Devon. For those wanting to try out water sports, Mothecombe offers the ideal conditions for windsurfing, kayaking, body boarding and generally enjoying the water, particularly for beginners as it’s a comparatively gentle environment in which to give it a go. Given its pristine nature, it will probably come as no surprise that dogs are not allowed on the beach in high season, so keep an eye out for signs for more information, but best to steer clear with furry friends from May to September. There is a car park from which you can access the beach down a narrow path, so it’s not ideal for wheelchair users, but is otherwise conveniently close by. There’s also a tea house in the car park for drinks and snacks and there are toilets nearby as well, so pending the tides you can spend a good day here enjoying the natural scenery and all the fun that it brings with it, whether that’s for the whole family, on a romantic afternoon in the summer sun, or simply enjoying the peace and quiet of this less populated park of the coastline.
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Lovely beach but cafe was being renovated and we were gasping for a cuppa
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Lovely beach but bit of a trek for little ones
Glorious beach at the mouth of the Erme. Narrow lanes and very limited parking. No toilets, cafes etc - wonderful! Turning circle for cars just before the beach but expect to have to reverse back up the access lane to allow cars that are leaving to go back. A nightmare on Bank Holidays - parking almost impossible and expect to have to negotiate very tight spaces.
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Fantastic sandy beach and so big. My dog loved running around and jumping into the water. Plenty of space for all.
A short walk (less than a mile) from Thurlestone, this is a stunning beach. Lots of shallow water with sand underfoot, truly amazing.
Beautiful beach. Nightmare of a road (especially in high season) to get to it. Worth it though when you get there.
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Gorgeous beach for an evening swim and barbecue. So peaceful and beautiful
Simply stunning and well worth the steep (ish) walk down from the National Trust car park at Ringmore. When there - it's hard to imagine the horrors of today's modern world.