The pretty villages of Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers are tucked away in a delightful corner of Devon, separated by the Yealm estuary. A ferry runs between the tiny settlement of Mayo and the slightly larger, more bustling Ferrers, allowing the visitor to experience the best of both worlds.
Noss may be diminutive, but it has a fascinating history that belies its size. Mentioned in the Doomsday Book, and once the haunt of smugglers, the colourful character of the village has survived to the present day. A veritable paradise for bird watchers, the village is ideally situated to observe many species native to the UK, as well as the flurries of migratory birds that swoop over the estuary. The village also attracts anglers keen to test the estuary stocks.
Across the water at Newton, you will find a village set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the hub of a whole host of beautiful walking routes that make the most of the stunning views. Newton is picture postcard pretty, and home to several welcoming pubs that serve hearty Devonshire fair, and, of course, plenty of local ales. Just down the road at Mothecomble lies a delightful private beach, which is open to the public at weekends and on Wednesdays. Perfect for a leisurely family day spent rock pooling, picnicking, sunbathing and swimming, this sheltered bay is a universal favourite with children of all ages.
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