Welcome To The
Wivenhoe Fingringhoe and Rowhedge Ferry
Pick Up and Drop Off Locations
Look for the shelter opposite the Royal British Legion. When the ferry is running the gate to the new pontoon will be unlocked.
Head to the floating pontoon on Lion’s Quay opposite the rowing club’s tea hut.
Head to the end of Ferry Road where it meets the river. Keep in mind it’s only possible to land if the water is right, please don’t rely on a pick up or drop off from here. If you’d like to use this point hail the ferry skipper from the river bank as they pass.
A new pontoon for 2022
The ferry wouldn’t be possible without all the help of the army of volunteers that give up their time to keep the ferry running. This season was especially challenging as the Wivenhoe pontoon needed replacing at considerable cost.
A huge thank you to all those involved in giving over their time and money to remove the old pontoon and install the new one. Lots of people helped but special mentions go to the following individuals and organisations: Jerry and Daniel Davis, Mark Dadds, Rob Maloney, Kevin Read and the Wivenhoe Sailing Club.
Weather, tide times and crew permitting, the ferry will run most weekends from April to October. It runs back and forth from Wivenhoe to Rowhedge with a stop at Fingringhoe by request. It usually starts running two hours before high tide and for another hour and a half after. The journey takes about ten minutes each way.
Whilst the regular ferry to Fingringhoe ceased in 1953 and that to Rowhedge in 1961, a new service was started around 1992. The Wivenhoe, Fingringhoe and Rowhedge Ferry is a Community Interest Company. As such it is run entirely by the volunteers for the community.
We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable trip
Follow the instructions of the skipper and crew
Wait for the crew to tell you to leave or enter the ferry.
Stay on the quay until all passengers have disembarked.
The ferry is licensed to carry a maximum of 10 passengers (including children) and 2 crew.
Look out for your children and pets
Children under 10 must have a responsible adult with them.
Keep your arms, legs, children and dogs away from the edge of the boat, especially when coming in to land.
Don’t do anything that would endanger other passengers or the ferry.
Keep your belongings safe
Look after your belongings, we won’t accept any responsibility for loss, or damage to belongings arising from whatever cause.
No alcohol on the boat, you’re less than ten minutes away from a pub.
If it’s busy we might not be able to take dogs or bicycles for that journey.