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Ferries and Water Taxis for walkers along the South West Coast Path

Throughout the length of the South West Coast Path, there are many picturesque estuaries and river inlets. Although these add very much to the beauty which you will encounter during your walk, they do however pose a navigational obstacle. There are many ferries and water taxis to serve you in your travels and we have listed most of them on this page.

Details of Ferries on the SWCP - a Disclaimer.

This Ferry Guide is accurate to the best of our knowledge. See our Disclaimer Statement.
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  • River Camel Ferry - Padstow to Rock
    At 20 minute intervals;
    08.00-18.50 (summer)
    08.00-19.50 (mid July-end of August)
    08.00-16.50 (winter)
  • River Camel Water Taxi - Padstow to Rock

    7 Days a week from 7pm to Midnight between April 1st and 31st October. Contact phone No: 07778 105297

  • River Gannel - Newquay to Crantock
    Seasonal variations such as Spring Bank Holiday and end of May to mid September operating approximately 3 hours either side of High Tide. It really pays to check before relying on this one. contact Phone No: 01637 873181

  • GILLAN CREEK NO FERRY! It is possible to wade one hour either side of low tide , but it is strongly recommended that this is not attempted because of slippery conditions under foot.

  • Helford River- 1st April-31st October;  09.30-17.30 daily on demand.
    Tel: 01326 250770
  • Carrick Roads Ferry     - All year except winter Sundays; June-October inclusive 3 ferries an hour, fewer at other times.
    Tel: 01326 313201 (summer); 01872 861 910 (all year) - Ferry mobile 07855 438674.
  • Percuil River - St Mawes to Place House                   
    Easter-31st October;
    10.00-16.45, every half hour
    Tel: 01872 861910
  • River Fowey- Fowey to Polruan-  all year at 5-10 minute intervals. 1st May-30th September 07.15-23.00 (start 07.30 Saturdays, 09.00 Sundays. 1st October-30th April 07.15-19.00 (start 07.30 Saturdays, Sundays 10.00-17.00)
    Tel: 01726 870232
  • River Tamar - Cremyll to Plymouth
    1st April-30th September 06.45-20.30 (Saturdays 08.00-21.00, Sundays 09.00-21.00)  1st October-31st March 06.45-18.30 (Saturdays 08.00-18.30, Sundays 09.00-18.00) Tel: 01752 822105  
  • Sutton Harbour / Cattewater - Plymouth Barbican to Mount Batten
    Al year round half hourly 07:45 to 23.00 with late sailings Friday and Saturday. Reduced service in Winter months. To check sailings, Phone: 07930 838614
  • Yealm Ferry - Wembury to Noss Mayo
    April - end September on demand 10:00 to 12.00 and 15.00 to 16.00 with restricted service outside school holidays, at weekends and quiet times. To check times Phone: 01752 880079 or 07817 132757
  • River Erme- NO FERRY! Paddle (to knee height) 1 hour each side of low tide. GREAT CARE MUST BE TAKEN AS HEAVY RAIN OR SEAS CAN MAKE THE CROSSING DANGEROUS. 
  • Kingsbridge Ferry - Salcombe to East Portlemouth
    All year round daily service 08:00 to 19.00 reduced hours from September to June and weekends plus Bank Holidays. To check hours, Phone: 01548 842061 or 01548 842053
  • River Dart Ferry - Dartmouth to Kingswear
    Passenger Ferry daily all year round 07:30 to 23.10 with 09:00 start on Sundays. To check times Phone: 01803 555872
  • River Teign - Shaldon to Teignmouth
      April-mid July 08.00-18.00  Mid July-end of August 08.00-dusk  September-October 08.00-18.0   November-January 08.00-16.30 (weekends start 10.00)  February-March 08.00-17.00 (weekends start 10.00)
    Tel: 07896 711822
  • Seasonal mid April to end of October daily from 10:00 to about 16:00. To check times Phone: 01626 774770
  • River Exe - Starcross to Exmouth
    The ferry runs between Exmouth and Starcross, from the end of March to the end of October, 7 days a week. A typical crossing time is 15-20 minutes, depending on tides.  To check sailings Phone: 01626 774770 or 07974 022 536 / 07974 772 681
  • River Exe - Turf to Topsham-  April, May & Sept 11.30am till 3pm and June, July and August 11.30 am till 4pm. contact 07778 370582 for details.
  • Exe - Topsham Ferry
    April to September 11:00 to 17:00 with extra sailings in peak season.To check Phone: 01392 274306
  • Poole Harbour Ferry - Studland to Sandbanks
    Leaving Sandbanks at 0700 then at 20 & 40 minutes past each hour and on the hour, until 2300. Leaving Shell Bay at 0710 then at 30, 50 & 10 minutes past each hour until 2310. To confirm times Phone: 01929 450203

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