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Yealm, River

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Safe Distance WP see chart 50:18'.591N 004:05'.00W Outer Red Buoy marking sandbar: 50:18'.59N 004:04'12W


Admiralty 30, SC5602 SC5903 SC5904

Rules & Regulations

6 Knts in river.....Enforced. Minimal Wash


Unlit Rocks in Approach from East and West, Sand Bar across entrance, Under 1.5m just inside at LWS. Entrance Unsafe in Heavy onshore winds .

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover-0520 MHWS 5.4m MHWN 4.3m MLWN 2.1m MLWS 0.7m

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General Description

Harbour Master 01752 872533 NO VHF  www.yealmharbourauthority.co.uk/#1

The River Yealm is a small and beautiful haven that is tucked away behind a sand bar guarding the entrance. It is a bit off the beaten track for holidaymakers as there are no beaches, but gets very crowded with pleasure boats during the height of the season.
Basic provisions are available ashore, but this is not the place to embark on repairs or to do a major stock up. ... read more


In strong onshore winds Wembury Bay can be very rough, and it is unwise to attempt the entry. Make for Plymouth (preferably the western entrance).

In normal conditions in spite of the sandbar, entrance is fairly straightforward. A good study of the charts will be necessary before making any approach as there are unmarked dangers in the offing.

Pilotage directions... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

It is possible to anchor just inside the entrance of the bar at Cellar Bay, but the holding is indifferent, and it is totally exposed to the West and not really an option unless the wind is offshore.

It is however often used as a lunchtime stopover, there are no charges. Anchoring elsewhere is not allowed because of lack of space and further up the river, oyster beds... ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 13th May 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in May 2016. They seem to have altered their charging system which has resulted in a reduction for some boats. There is a good chartlet of the river from the Bar inwards and we have included a link to that.
Update March 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 25th Mar 2014
Notes reviewed March 2014. The River Yealm Harbour authority has frozen its prices for the 2014 season.
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 12th Feb 2013
The notes for the Yealm River were updated by Don T on the 12th February 2013. There are no changes to the previous notes apart from the harbour dues.
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