River Yealm, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

River Yealm, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

There are a number of areas on Dartmoor's high north and south moors where many rivers, streams and brooks rise. The area around Cranmere Pool on the north moor is the most famous. On the south moor, the Langcombe Hill area is another. These areas are high, flat and very boggy. The River Yealm has its headwaters on the southern side of Langcombe Hill.

From there, the Yealm flows to the stunning Yealm Steps Waterfall before tumbling through Hawns and Dendles Gorge. It then enters Dendles Wood National Nature Reserve on its way to the eastern side of Cornwood. The Yealm exits Dartmoor National Park by Storridge Wood. Sparkwell and Dartmoor Zoo are just west at this point. The River Erme isn't too far away to the east.

The river flows under the A38 and across South Devon countryside until it enters the South Devon AONB and Yealm Estuary. The gorgeous villages Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo line a creek. The Yealm meets the sea at Wembury Bay. There's superb coastal walking in the Wembury Bay/Yealm Estuary area.