Paddle Boarding

Stand up paddle boarding or SUPing has become increasingly popular in the last 10 years. Anchor Cottage is perfect for paddle boarders as we have direct access to the tidal river. The Malthouse shared private slipway is ideal for getting straight into the water. There is a tide timetable on the bookcase in the dining area that you can check. If you time it right you can SUP out to the sea for the day and then use the incoming tide you take you back to Anchor Cottage.

Unfortunately due to insurance reasons we are unable to rent out our paddle boards but you are very welcome to store your own in the secure garage or you can rent them from South West SUP in Plymouth. We can arrange for paddle board hire and an instructor for up to 10 people, just let me know and I can get your prices.


We have two kayaks at Anchor Cottage that you are very welcome to use at your own risk. 1 x one seater and 1 x 2 seater. The creek is wonderful for kayaking, you can power down Newton Creek and onto the Yealm estuary which is great for exploring. I prefer to meander along until I find somewhere nice to sit and have my picnic. You will need to check the tides and adjust your timings to make sure you can get back up to Bridgend. Please be aware that the paddles do not float so hold on to them tightly!

There is a small additional charge of £50 per week. We do have a range of lifejackets in the garage too, but you might want to bring your own or rent these. If you want to rent kayaks TK Watersports in Plymouth can drop them off and pick them up from Anchor Cottage for a small additional charge.

Horse Riding

Horse riding

There is a riding school just over the river in Newton Ferrers, Newton Ferrers Equas

Rock Pooling

I cannot recommend the Wembury Marine Centre highly enough. There have an excellent range of coastal activities for young and old alike. They offer rockpool and snorkeling safaris run by the Devon Wildlife Trust who will explore the amazing Wembury coast with you showing you all the creatures and plants that they help to thrive.


If you sail you will love Noss Mayo. Although mooring is only allowed at Celler Beach visitor moorings are available. You will need to contact the Yealm Harbour Authority to arrange.

There is a very active local Yacht Club who race on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. They also have a bar and bistro which is very popular with members especially the Sunday lunchtime BBQ. Please check their website for latest information about membership and sailing programme.