Yealmpton, Devon, PL8 2DY

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Yealmpton, South Devon

Yealmpton, a quaint village situated in the South Hams district of Devon, exudes a captivating charm that seamlessly blends history, natural beauty, and a sense of community. Nestled along the banks of the River Yealm, this picturesque locale boasts a rich tapestry of rural landscapes, historic architecture, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. 

History of Yealmpton  

Yealmpton boasts a fascinating history that dates back centuries. The village's name is derived from the River Yealm, which flows through its heart, and the Old English word "tun," meaning settlement. With roots dating back to Saxon times, Yealmpton grew in prominence as a market town and agricultural centre during the medieval period.  

One of Yealmpton's notable landmarks is the Grade I listed Church of St. Bartholomew. This ancient parish church, with its impressive architecture and serene churchyard, stands as a testament to the village's enduring heritage. Dating back to the 14th century, the church provides a glimpse into the past, with its historic features and a palpable sense of reverence. Interestingly, Yealmpton is also home to a 400-year-old stone cottage, where it is said a version of the famous rhyme ‘Old Mother Hubbard’ was written! 

The heart of Yealmpton is marked by its historic square, a delightful focal point surrounded by charming cottages and local businesses. The village exudes a timeless quality, with its narrow winding lanes and well-preserved buildings reflecting centuries of history. 

Things to do in Yealmpton 

Surrounded by rolling hills and verdant countryside, Yealmpton offers a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The picturesque River Yealm meanders through the landscape, providing opportunities for peaceful walks along its banks. Explore the tranquil beauty of the river on a leisurely boat trip or kayak excursion, taking in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The surrounding farmland and woodlands also offer a tranquil setting for those seeking a retreat into nature. 

Yealmpton is conveniently situated near plenty of great attractions and things to do, within a ten-mile radius is Cann Woods, several beaches including Wembury Beach and Mothecombe Beach, Dartmoor Zoo and several garden centres. It’s also very close to Plymouth and all that the city has to offer. 

Food & Drink in Yealmpton 

The village boasts not one, but two pubs which are located on the high street. These pubs offer a taste of the region's finest produce, including fresh seafood, artisan cheeses, and locally sourced meats, as well as temping you with ales, ciders and wines from local drink producers. Alongside the pubs is a Chinese takeaway offering succulent Asian cuisine, and a cafe which serves cream teas, cakes, snacks and light lunches. There’s also a farmshop and cafe just down the road which sells local organic and free-range produce. For a small village, the offerings here are plentiful!  

Events in Yealmpton 

On the last Wednesday in July the village puts on their annual Yealmpton Agricultural Show and attracts thousands of visitors from across Devon and beyond. It is a highlight of the local calendar and offers a fun-filled day out for families, farmers, and enthusiasts of rural life. Visitors can enjoy livestock displays showcasing the finest cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry from local farms. As well as horse and pony competitions. In addition to the agricultural exhibits, the Yealmpton Show boasts a bustling trade show area where local businesses, artisans and food producers showcase their products and services. Visitors can browse stalls offering everything from handmade crafts and gifts to agricultural machinery and equipment. 

Throughout the year the art gallery and studio in the village host a number of exhibitions and opens, plus the village hall hosts an array of events for the community. 

Something a Little Different 

Nearby Cann Woods boasts a segway experience where you can glide through the trees on a variety of different terrains. It’s a truly unique way of exploring the woods! 

In essence, Yealmpton stands as a timeless gem in the heart of Devon, where the convergence of history, natural beauty, and community creates an enchanting tapestry that beckons all who visit to experience the authentic charm of rural England. 

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Plymouth, take the A379 through Elburton and Brixton.

From Exeter leave the A38 Devon Expressway at the Smithaleigh Junction. Pass the filling station, and at the junction turn left, and left again. Follow this road for approximately 4 miles into the village of Yealmpton.



Public Transport Directions

The closest train stations are in Plymouth and Ivybridge. 

There are several busses that stop in Yealmpton including:  - 3 Stagecoach SouthWest Plymouth to Kingsbridge - 3M Stagecoach SouthWest Plymouth to Aveton Gifford - 91 Countrybus from Plymouth to Totnes - 94 Tally Ho from Plymouth to Noss Mayo




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