Six miles south-east of Plymouth in South Devon, Noss Mayo is a small picturesque village situated on the River Yealm estuary separated from its neighbouring village, Newton Ferrers, by a tidal creek, which can be crossed on foot at low tide. With a short hop over to Newton Ferrers you'll find very good village shops and a post office, which can be reached either by driving around the Creek that divides the two villages or by rowing across from Noss Mayo to Newton Ferrers.
You won’t find any shops in the idyllic village of Noss Mayo but if you are looking to do a spot of shopping while on holiday then be sure to head to Plymouth. One of the most popular shopping destinations in the South West, Plymouth has seen resurgence in recent years with the opening of Drake Circus in 2006, which has since won several national awards for the quality of the shopping centre. If it’s just the essentials you need, the shops in Newton Ferrers will have enough to get you by also.
For when you don’t want to cook, there are two delightful pubs in Noss Mayo, The Ship Inn and The Swan Inn, which both serve great homemade meals as well as local beers. Sat on the water’s edge, the two pubs are the perfect spot to sit back and relax at the delight of the stunning surroundings. Over in Newton Ferrers, you’ll also find The Dolphin Inn, which is famed for its welcoming landlords and excellent food.
While on holiday in Noss Mayo it is essential to explore the fantastic surrounding countryside and coastline that surrounds the village. The South West Coast Path has a route that passes through the village, giving you access to further parts of the south Devon coastline. There is even a designated route that hugs the riverbank, before passing through woodland, then following the coastline to the start point.
The pretty estuary is popular with sailors as it provides good shelter and moorings. Each August the villages of Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers host a regatta that attracts visitors from all over the county to compete at this beautiful spot. On a Noss Mayo holiday don’t forget to bring a bucket and crab line as the thick mud in the estuary at low tide is a dream location for crabs to hide out.
While on holiday in Noss Mayo it is essential to explore the fantastic surrounding countryside and coastline that surrounds the village.
Just east of Noss Mayo, you will find Mothcombe Beach that is privately owned but open to the public on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The sheltered beach is ideal for bathing and a great location for beginners looking to learn to wind surf and body board. Another beach in the local area is Wembury Beach, where you get fantastic views of Mewstone and Little Mewstone and may spot a rare bird or two nestling on the islands. Be sure to bring your binoculars though as access to the islands is not permitted!