Welcome To The

Wivenhoe Fingringhoe and Rowhedge Ferry

2024 season

The new season starts Easter Weekend 2024!

The ferry runs most weekends from April through to end of October. 

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Ferry Times

sat20jul10:15 amsat1:45 pmFerry running10:15 am - 1:45 pm(GMT+01:00)

sun21jul11:00 amsun2:30 pmFerry running11:00 am - 2:30 pm(GMT+01:00)

sat27jul3:30 pmsat7:00 pmFerry running3:30 pm - 7:00 pm(GMT+01:00)

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Tide Times



Tide times for 16 July 2024

Low  02:031.1m
High 08:114.1m
Low  14:341.5m
High 20:374.2m

Ferry Stops


Look for the shelter opposite the Royal British Legion. When the ferry is running the gate to the new pontoon will be unlocked. Stay behind the chain until a crew member arrives.



Head to the floating pontoon on Lion’s Quay next to The Anchor and opposite the rowing club’s tea hut.



At the end of Ferry Road or next to pillbox on right. It’s only possible to land if the water is right, don’t rely on a stop here. Hail the ferry skipper from the bank. 

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Cash and contactless


£1.50 per trip

Under 5s/Dogs!



£2 per trip

The Ferry

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.

A few pointers to keep in mind when travelling.

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