Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo are two villages on the River Yealm. Newton Ferrers was listed as plain Newton in the Domesday Book of 1086, and acquired the Ferrers part from the Ferrers family who had come over with William the Conqueror, specifically Ralph Ferrers. Noss Mayo had its first mention in the 13th century, when it was owned by Matthieu Fitz Herbert, and the village was known as “la nasse de Matthieu”, or “Matthew’s nose”, for reasons I have been unable to find out – this has since evolved into Noss Mayo. In the mid-19th century there was an outbreak of cholera in the area which claimed 50 lives out of 600, and the sad reminders of this can be seen in the churchyard of St Peters Church in Noss Mayo.
Happier times can be had today, this spot being ideal for waterborne activities such as yachting and sea-kayaking, as the estuary is well protected from inclement weather further out in the Channel. Walkers can set out on a path leading out to the mouth of the River Yealm to pick up the South-West Coastal Path. Or you can take a long, lazy lunch outside the waterside Ship Inn in Noss Mayo.
Map of the area.
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