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Started by hailesaladdie on Feb 27, 2020 11:07:58 PM
Little Ferries around the UK

Inspired by a trip from Tilbury to Gravesend (life in the fast lane right enough) all faded grandeur and choppy water.

What other odd little ferries can you recommend?

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hailesaladdie - 27 Feb 2020 23:09:46 (#1 of 137)

The West Lynn ferry is another experience to behold. Low tide, and most of the journey is a precarious walk along a wooden jetty, while the ferryman is knee-deep in mud. Get it when the tidal bore turns up, though...

Verdigris - 27 Feb 2020 23:10:57 (#2 of 137)

Dartmouth/Kingsbridge. Steam railway one side, the only station never to have seen a train on the other.

rejonked - 27 Feb 2020 23:11:27 (#3 of 137)

The ferry down the Manchester Ship Canal from Salford Quays to Liverpool is a brilliant day out.

And I love the one in the Lakes that's on a big long chain. Windermere, I think.

HouseOfLametta - 27 Feb 2020 23:12:31 (#4 of 137)

Not Starcross-Exmouth.

The bloke's a cunt.

hailesaladdie - 27 Feb 2020 23:14:26 (#5 of 137)

> the only station never to have seen a train on the other

Hull Corporation Pier too.

Is it Dartmouth that's got three ferries, just for shits and giggles? (Though I suppose Gourock's got two heading to Dunoon...)

cozzer - 27 Feb 2020 23:16:24 (#6 of 137)

The Skye ferry to Glenelg.

HouseOfLametta - 27 Feb 2020 23:16:54 (#7 of 137)

Polruan-Fowey is quite nice, and I love the King Harry.

hailesaladdie - 27 Feb 2020 23:18:07 (#8 of 137)

> And I love the one in the Lakes that's on a big long chain. Windermere, I think.

Is that the one over to Hawkshead? Every time I've gone to go on it, the queues been longer that the drive round.

Chain ferries are a subtopic in themselves. The King Harry Ferry is a good one if you're ever down Roseland way. "Let the chain take the strain!"

(And I miss the old Renfrew ferry...)

hailesaladdie - 27 Feb 2020 23:19:09 (#9 of 137)

Actually, if we're in Roseland, the St Mawes to Falmouth one has some great views.

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hailesaladdie - 27 Feb 2020 23:24:49 (#11 of 137)

The Padstow-Rock ferry gives lovely views of the Camel Estuary, and has entirely separate landings on the Padstow side, depending on the tide.

The downside is that you end up in Rock, which admittedly does have a nice beach.

hailesaladdie - 27 Feb 2020 23:25:03 (#12 of 137)

And also, badumm-tsh!

airynothing - 27 Feb 2020 23:27:39 (#13 of 137)

I have fond memories of a ferry across the Thames at Kingston when I was very young.

Tomnoddy - 28 Feb 2020 01:05:31 (#14 of 137)

There's the Hamble ferry. It used to be a wee open boat, with a phlegmatic bearded ferryman. Nowadays a bit more commercial, with a wee wheelhouse on a bigger boat.

toffle - 28 Feb 2020 01:51:11 (#15 of 137)

Been a long time since I took it, but I remember the Kilchoan-Tobermorey ferry (from the Ardnamurchan peninsula to Mull) as being a nice little crossing.

Nearer home, the Reedham Ferry is something I really should use more often.

darkhorse - 28 Feb 2020 06:25:25 (#16 of 137)

The Woolwich Ferry, a car and pedestrian ferry in SE London.

It takes you from Woolwich to North Woolwich. North Woolwich is one of the few places in the country where you find yourself yearning to go back to Woolwich.

coshipi - 28 Feb 2020 06:31:11 (#17 of 137)

Though I suppose Gourock's got two heading to Dunoon...

And one to Kilcreggan as well.

The Skye ferry to Glenelg

That one really is quite special, yes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYA01XxUJEk

hailesaladdie - 28 Feb 2020 06:39:16 (#18 of 137)

There was a Helensburgh ferry for a while, too (a triangular service with Kilcreggan, possibly, I can't quite remember...)

It's the Cumbrae Slip ferry that holds the most memories round there's though. (Or the old ferry direct to Millport town pier...)

Cordelia - 28 Feb 2020 06:49:35 (#19 of 137)

The Topsham to Topsham Lock Ferry across the Exe is fun. Just a chap and his little boat (though he upgraded to a slightly bigger boat a few years ago).

Catspyjamas17 - 28 Feb 2020 07:00:16 (#20 of 137)

The Isle of Wight ferry if you can get a deal, as the car one is stupidly expensive. Favourite crossing is Lymington to Yarmouth.

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