Noss Mayo is one of the most picturesque villages in the county, and forms part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is some ten miles from the historic city of Plymouth and is situated on the estuary of the river Yealm. Lying in the parish of Newton and Noss, it sits across from the equally beautiful village of Newton Ferrers. Newton and Noss are separated by a tidal creek which, at low tide can be crossed on foot.
Formerly a traditional fishing village, Noss Mayo is now a magnet for the yachting and sailing fraternity, with a huge influx of visitors particularly during the summer months. The village has its own church, St Peter's, which was built in 1877. It also has two charming waterside inns. More facilities can be found in neighbouring Newton Ferrers, including a general grocery store, Post Office, chemist and butcher's shop. A seasonal river taxi ferries passengers from Noss Mayo to Newton Ferrers, and to Warren Point for the popular sandy beach at Wembury.