There are two kayaks at Anchor Cottage that are ideal for seeing more of Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers from the water. You can use them just to nip you to one of the three great local pubs – The Swan, The Ship or The Dolphin – or head down to the sea or back up the Yealm.
During the summer you can pop a packed lunch into a bag and pop it in the storage box in the red kayak and head off. You can gently paddle down Newton Creek soaking in the sunshine and views. You’ll see St. Peter’s Church perched on the hill in Noss Mayo and as you head down you’ll pass Bridgend Quay.
Follow the river down past The Dolphin Inn in Newton Ferrers, you can moor up for a short break to grab a cold drink from the local Post Office or a fresh sausage roll from the butchers, before carrying on down to the Town Quay.
If you turn right at the end of the Creek you can join The Yealm and paddle in between the yachts – they start getting very impressive at this part of the river – heading smoothly along enjoying the sights and sounds of the water. Sometimes it’s nice to just cruise this part, listening to the masts jangle in the breeze, getting some vitamin D into your body.
Then just head down until you find a little beach that takes your fancy, pull up, jump in and then dry off whilst tucking into your lunch. A very simple pleasure, but I promise you you’ll feast on it it for months if not years, it will sustain until you can come back!
Safety and further Information
If you are heading out from Anchor Cottage you will need to check the tides. There is a tide timetable on the bookcase or you can download an app, I use the Tides Near Me one which is useful and free android or apple.
You’ll have around 2 hours either side of the high tide so if you want to do a longer journey that will give you 4 hours, plenty to get out to the sea or up the Yealm.
The River Yealm Harbour have a very useful map – you’ll also find a copy in Anchor Cottage – of the pontoons and public landing beaches. Do bear in mind that you do not have tp pay harbour fees if you are entering the river from the private slipway at Anchor Cottage. If you want to gain access at low tide from Newton Ferrers Town Quay you will need to speak to the Harbour Office. Details can be found here.