For all intents and purposes, Newton Ferrers is pretty much the larger sibling of the just-across-the-water fishing community of Noss Mayo. Located on the very fringes of the water and filled with ancient pubs and a centuries-old church, here’s a guide to the very best things to do in Newton Ferrers.
First recorded in the Domesday Book as ‘Niwetone‘, fishing vessels sway in the mouth of the Yealm Estuary and seagulls flock above. The salty sea breeze whistles through on a constant basis and breathtaking coastal walks are just minutes away. Though the bustling city of Plymouth may be just ten miles away, it feels as if it could be a thousand miles away.
Explore the historic harbour and quayside of Newton Ferrers
During the middle ages, and right up until the 19th-century, this part of the UK was synonymous with smugglers, and so, up and down the coastline evidence of smuggling routes and shipwrecked boats can be found.
Filled with worn away pathways and small fishing boats, you can’t go wrong by dedicating an hour or two to simply strolling around the historic harbour and snapping some photos. Soak up the salty sea air, watch a traditional fishing town work at its best, or simply sit along the harbour front and admire the sunset.
The Church of the Holy Cross
Part of the same parish as those churches of St Peter’s in nearby Noss Mayo, as well as the Church of St Peter the Poor Fisherman in Revelstoke, The Church of the Holy Cross was first constructed in 1260 on the site of a previous church. In the 14th century, the church was expanded to twice its size, before further renovations by George Fellowes Prynne in the late 19th-century.
The Dolphin Inn, Riverside Road
Named for the sea and catering to a seafood loving clientele, the Dolphin Inn is the only pub on this side of the estuary. Serving local brews and fish straight from the sea, this tavern is always filled with the sound of locals and visitors alike having a great time. Family friendly and dog-friendly, the Dolphin is the perfect place to sit and relax after a busy day of exploring the South Hams.
Take a trip to Noss Mayo on the Yealm Ferry
Just across the harbour, the picturesque fishing village of Noss Mayo is easily one of the best settlements in Devon. Home to two pubs, countless coastal walks, and picture-perfect postcard views, you can’t go wrong by dedicating a couple of hours to exploring all the (panoramic) views Noss Mayo has to offer!
During peak season, generally Easter- Mid-September a foot ferry transports passengers between Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers on a regular basis for a small fee. Other times of the year, it’s possible to hire a water taxi between the two, or drive around the headland from one fishing village to the other (centre to centre is around a fifteen minute drive).
Holbeton: The quaint village of Holbeton is well worth a drive through on any trip to this part of Devon. Full of thatched cottages and two traditional pubs, it’s located just a short distance away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the South Hams, that of Mothecombe Beach.
Ermington: If you’re heading to Newton Ferrers from the A38 via Exeter, then no doubt you’ll pass through the quaint village of Ermington en route. Inside the village itself, a pretty pub known as the ‘Crooked Spire of Ermington’ can be found next to a church with an equally twisted spire.
Cellar Cove: On the opposite side of the estuary, just a short walk away from Noss Mayo, Cellar Cove is one of the most beautiful beaches in Devon, if not all of England. Perfect for swimming, snapping photos, or even enjoying a picnic, it’s well worth a visit.
Salcombe: A little way down the coastline, still within the area of outstanding natural beauty, the ever-popular fishing town of Salcombe is filled with candy coloured houses, eateries offering freshly caught seafood, and plenty of water activities. Once in Salcombe, you’ll also find the oldest sweet shop in Devon.