The River Yealm offers kayaking for the novice or those wishing to brave the elements at sea. Going out towards the river Estuary you will find Cellars Beach on the left.

A popular stop off for kayakers who want to venture towards Plymouth, via Wembury and Fort Bovisand, or around The Great Mewstone Rock or maybe explore the coast line towards Mothercombe and the River Erme Estuary.

Alternatively from Newton Ferrers you can paddle upriver towards Yealmpton and and he ancient Puzlinch Bridge. This journey offers a serene paddle through the beautiful Devonshire country with many creeks to explore. This journey should be planned couple of hours either side of high tide to get the best out of your trip. Either way you can launch at the public slip way at Newton Ferrers. This is accessible at all tides. It is a bit awkward getting your kayak down the steps to the slip but we do it okay with our 13ft Perceptions. You will be able to offload at the top of the steps then move your vehicle up the road to allow others to offload. This small inconvenience is well worth the effort.

How to get there:

From Plymouth take A379 towards Kingsbridge. At Yealmton Village turn right at the petrol station onto minor road signposted Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo. Follow road for about 4 miles and you enter Newton Ferrers. Continue through village and you will see the river below you. Just before the end of the road you will see the steps down to the slipway. You can unload here but park further down or up the road so as to leave the unloading area clear for others.


Public Slipway, toilets, local pubs.


Steps from road to slipway can be awkward. But we carry our 13ft Perceptions down with little trouble and we are in our 60s. It can be busy on the water around Newton Ferrers but once away form the harbour area it is ok.

Ins and Outs:

Newton Ferrers at all tides from low to high spring and neap. You can drive around to Nos Mayo, about half mile away but the public slipway can only be used about two hours either side of high tide.


River Yealm at Newton Ferrers