Second image courtesy of Graham Gough
The tiny, pretty little village of Noss Mayo is hidden away on the southern bank of the Yealm estuary and a fantastic holiday destination if you love boating and coastal walks. Across the water is the larger village of Newton Ferrers, and you can get between the two villages by a ferry that operates a triangular route and calls in at the South West Coast Path, Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers. This ancient and secluded village is an ideal location if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and simply ‘mess about on the river’.
History of Noss Mayo
Despite being a village of just over 500 people, Noss Mayo has a colourful history. Although the nearby estate of Membland was mentioned in the Domesday Book, the first record of the parish is in 1198. In 1287, King Edward I gave local landowner, Mathew Fitzjohn the manor of ‘Stok’ and so the village became known as Noss Mayo, which translates as ‘Mathew’s Nose’.
The village survived the Black Death and, because of its prime location on the Yealm estuary, became a smuggler’s haunt.
Things to do in Noss Mayo
If you’re a committed ‘twitcher,’ Noss Mayo is a bird watcher’s paradise. The estuary is home to flocks of migratory birds as well as many native species. There are also plenty of opportunities for walkers and ramblers to explore the area, with the Coastal Path on three sides and the village’s own special circular walk, ironically known as ‘The Drive’. The estuary is also great for sailing and if you’re an angler, the fishing is excellent.
Food & Drink in Noss Mayo
Noss Mayo boasts two charming riverside pubs which sit on the Noss Creek, where visitors can sample delicious seafood dishes, traditional pub fare, and locally sourced produce. Enjoy freshly caught fish and chips overlooking the river or savour gourmet cuisine in one of the village's waterfront eateries.
Across the water in Newton Ferrers there is another pub and a delicatessen, so you’re truly spoilt for choice!
Events in Noss Mayo
The Yealm regatta is a prominent date in the village calendar in the summer. The event sees Newton Creek, Noss Creek and the River Yealm come alive with a variety of rowing and sailing races, plus, other competitions both on and off the water.
In addition to this, the village hall in Noss Mayo hosts a number of events throughout the year for the community where visitors are welcome, such as pantomimes, sports sessions and live music.
The pubs also offer a selection of regular events such as live music, tasting menus and more.
Something a bit different
Noss Mayo has inspired artists and painters for centuries and there is still a thriving artist’s community in nearby Newton Ferrers. That special South Devon ‘light’ that has motivated so many great artists bathes the entire estuary, making it inspirational for today’s artists. Why not bring your brushes and paints with you and see if it can inspire your creative side too?