The River Yealm

South Devons Sparking beauty

The River Yealm, Devon

Rising on the southern slopes of Dartmoor, The River Yealm navigates through rock gorges and sedate farmland before draining into the sea near Wembury.

The Yealm winds its way through some stunning towns and villages such as Cornwood, Newton Ferrers and Nos Mayo. All of which provide a lovely day out!

Many different creatures have found their home in the River Yealm, resulting in several reaches being designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s)

The Yealm Estuary supports a thriving Oyster bed. Oysters need very specific conditions to survive and the Yealm is the perfect habitat

Get involved on the River Yealm

If you love your local river, understand how vital it is to you in your life and share our passion for keeping it healthy for you and your community, then there are many ways for you to get involved. Whether it’s helping on a river clean-up day, becoming a river scientist, going on a river walk or simply making a donation, working together we can help your river bring water to life for many years and generations to come.

Nos Mayo

Nos Mayo is one of the prettiest little villages in South Devon and is located right on the river. Nos Mayo has been providing inspiration for artists for years and has a thriving artistic community. Once you have had a wander and grabbed a bite to eat at the pub, take a ride on the ferry over to Newton Ferrers.  Perfect for walkers, sailors and wildlife lovers alike, Nos Mayo is well worth a visit!

 

River Yealm Stories

From Roman times to the present day, Westcountry rivers have been an ever-present thread running through our communities, our culture and our heritage. Ever increasingly, we have come to realise how wonderful it is to spend time on, in or near a river and they are so often the backdrop to our fondest memories of days spent outdoors, being active and spending time with nature.

Latest news from the River Yealm

Comment: Resilient catchment and communities

Dr Laurence Couldrick, CEO of Westcountry Rivers Trust, discusses catchment resilience There has been a lot of talk about drought in the past few weeks and whilst it has been the driest winter in 20 years our increasingly variable weather patterns are now part of the...

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Comment: Environmental Leadership

After a BBC report that the Defra 25 year vision ‘Lacks policies’ and ‘may not even be published’, Dr Laurence Couldrick, CEO of Westcountry Rivers Trust, asks: is that the real problem? If you look at any book on Leadership it will probably quote the African proverb...

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Games by the River

Whatever your age, rivers are places where so many happy memories are made. In the Westcountry - where we are never more than 2 miles from a river - we all have so many tales of time enjoyed by the river. River walks, picnics, paddling, camping trips, river games…...

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From Roman times to the present day, Westcountry rivers have been an ever-present thread running through our communities, our culture and our heritage. Ever increasingly, we have come to realise how wonderful it is to spend time on, in or near a river and they are so often the backdrop to our fondest memories of days spent outdoors, being active and spending time with nature.