Yealmpton is situated in the beautiful South Hams, around 8 miles from the historic city of Plymouth. It takes its name from the river Yealm which flows through the centre of the village, and is a haven for boating enthusiasts. The village has around 2,000 residents with an active parish council and community association, together with several local clubs, including cricket, bowling, football, athletics and shooting. In 1988 the village was twinned with Milizac in the French province of Brittany. Each year the village hosts a very well attended one day Agricultural Show, the Yealmpton Show, which falls on the last Wednesday in July, and showcases all the best that South Devon can offer. Local amenities include St Bartholemew's Church, a primary school, good pubs, a hotel and organic food shops.
Around four miles from Yealmton there are excellent beaches including Mothecombe beach which is the recipient of a Marine Conservation Society Award, and Challaborough and Bigbury on Sea beaches, both situated in an Area of Outstanding natural beauty.