This tranquil and unspoilt cruising destination is very popular in the summer months and space may be hard to find. The river is a designated bass hatchery and harbours many protected species. The villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo on opposite sides of Newton Creek each have a pub - shops, a post office and a welcoming yacht club can be found on the Newton Ferrers side of the creek.
The mouth of the Yealm is shallow with a drying sandbar extending across the entrance, but once round Misery Point the channel deepens to over 2.5m. Entry is not recommended in strong south west to westerlies. Vessels over 18m LOA may not enter without prior permission from the Harbour Master. The speed limit of 6 knots with minimal wash is enforced. Anchoring is not permitted anywhere in the river beyond Misery Point.
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River Yealm Harbour Authority
Harbour Office, Yealm Road, Newton Ferrers PL8 1BN - +44(0)1752 872533
Payment by cash or cheque only
Water and pump out facility at Yealm Steps, showers at Harbour Office
1 swinging mooring, maximum LOA 18m
2 swinging moorings opposite Spit Buoy on south side of the channel each capable of taking up to 3 yachts rafted to a maximum of 25 tons
26 berths on the pontoon in The Pool and a further 20 berths on the pontoon up river off the west shore
At the river entrance in Cellar Bay, keeping well clear of the fairway.
Tidal predictions for River Yealm Entrance for the next 7 days
Yealm Water Taxi
VHF Ch 08