The South West Coast Path Ferries guide

Taking ferries is an integral part of walking the South West Coast Path. There are numerous places such as Mothecombe where missing the ferry can mean a long detour or a taxi ride (if you are lucky).

The larger ferries run year round and in all but the worst weather conditions, but most of the smaller ferries are seasonal, operating from roughly April to October. Please check their websites for exact dates and times of sailings.

It is also important to note the tide times as many of the smaller ferries do not run several hours either side of low water.

Main Ferries

Instow – Appledore

This ferry cuts off the loop to Bideford so is not suitable for purists who must complete every mile of the trail. Tel: 07710 836317

Rock to Padstow

The Padstow Rock ferry runs between Padstow and Rock, operating continuously throughout the day at 20 minute intervals. The ferry will depart from one of two points in Padstow depending on the tides. N.B. On big spring tides you may be disembarked at Daymer Bay.

tel: +44 (0)1841 532239, fax: +44 (0)1841 533346

Newquay to Crantock (The Gannel Estuary)

Access is via the privately owned steps which are open to the public. Between 10am and 6pm during end May – mid September or from Crantock Beach across the River Gannel. During the season, the Boathouse provides access between Crantock Beach and East Pentire headland, Newquay. Approx 3hrs either side of high water the ferry will take you across the river (about 200 yards) to the beach. At low tide (app. 3hrs either side of low water) a foot bridge will allow you to walk across the river free of charge.

Gillan to St Anthony

At low water wade across to the church. The stepping stones are often covered in slippery green seaweed and are not used by locals. Stepping stones submerged roughly 3 hours either side of high water.

Otherwise ferry April 1st to October 31st,  pick up from The Boathouse at St. Anthony on the north side of the creek, and from our signboard on the beach at Halamana opposite St. Anthony Church on the south side of the creek. Open the sign board or call us on 01326 231357. With no ferry you need to walk around (approx 1 mile).

Helford to Helford Passage

The ferry will run on demand between 9.30am and 5.00pm. During July and August, the ferry will run between 9.30am and 9.00pm 7 days a week, however, please check on their facebook page Helford River Boats Ltd for daily updates

Falmouth to Place via St Mawes

Take a ferry from Falmouth across to St Mawes, and, changing over to a smaller ferry, continue on to Place. The Falmouth ferries runs every day throughout the year. Ferries operate from Prince of Wales Pier all year and Custom House Quay summer only.

Fowey to Polruan

The ferry operates every day of the year apart from Christmas Day, and runs continuously during service hours, departing each side of the harbour approximately every 10 – 15 minutes. Any unusual changes to our scheduled running times eg. during periods of bad weather are posted on our Polruan Ferry Facebook page.

Tel 01726 870232

Mount Edgcumbe to Plymouth Cremyll Ferry

Cremyll Ferry departs from Admirals Hard, Stonehouse, Plymouth every 30 minutes, 15 minutes and 45 minutes past the hour (With a 8 minute crossing time).

Tel: 01752 822105

Plymouth Barbican to Mount Batten Park

The Mount Batten Ferry operates between the Barbican and Mount Batten all year round (every 30 mins). Taking this ferry means you miss out part of the SWCP.
From last weekend in April to the first weekend in October. Winter service finished at 1815 except Fri and Sat which finishes at 2300.

Wembury Point to Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo

A ferry runs across the mouth of the Yealm, seven days a week from Good Friday until 24th September. 10-12 noon and 3-4pm each day. School holidays, the hours of operation are 10am and 4pm daily. Use the signal board to call ferry if required

Tel: 07817 132757 / 01752 880079

Mothecombe to Wonwell

This estuary has to be forded somewhere between the old coastguard cottages on the Mothecombe side and the Wonwell slipway. Cross within an hour of low tide (tide table), the water should be no more than knee deep. In poor weather or flood conditions fording may not be possible even at low tide. Please take care. Taxis as be contacted on Tel 01752 863710

Bigbury to Bantham

A seasonal ferry operates 10-11am and 3-4pm, daily apart from Sundays from 25th April to 17th September. To check ring the ferryman 07837 361306 / 01548 561196. It is not safe to try and ford the river. Alternative Avon Estuary Walk. Taxi Tel: 01752 696969

Salcombe to East Portlemouth

Runs between Salcombe and East Portlemouth, providing a foot passenger link for the South West Coast Footpath and access to the white sandy beaches of East Portlemouth.

From 1 April until 31 October the ferry operates between Jubilee Pier Salcombe and the Ferry slip East Portlemouth.

On the hour and half hour when quiet and continuously when busy from 0800 to 1830

From 1 November until 31 March the ferry runs from Whitestrand Pontoon on the hour and half hour.

Dartmouth to Kingswear

Every 10 minutes, between 7.00 am (8am on Sundays) and 10.55pm everyday throughout the year. Contact by phone- 01803 752342

Shaldon to Teignmouth

Apr–mid Jul 08:00 to 18:00 mid Jul–end Aug 08:00 to 20:30, Sept–Oct 08:00 to 18:00, Nov–Jan 08:00 to 16:30, Feb–Mar 08:00 to 17:00, Closed Mon & Tues in Dec & Jan. Runs from the beach opposite the Ferry Boat Inn. There is a bridge across the river about 1/2 mile upstream.

Starcross to Exmouth

Runs from Easter to end October 7 days a week. Please check our Facebook page for ferries that will be cancelled due to low tides.

Tel: 01626 774770 / 07974 022536 / 07974 772681 / 07779 157280

Studland to Sandbanks

This ferry runs every 20 minutes from 7am to 11pm, every day.

Falmouth Ferry