Estuaries and Ferries

*Coronavirus Update*

Ferry services that are not essential for people to travel to work or education will not be running. Many ferry service also only operate on a summer timetable.

The latest operating dates and times are continually changing due to the pandemic. We would, therefore, advise contacting the ferry companies directly, prior to travel, in order to confirm operating details, rather than relying on the information below. Latest government guidelines do require you to wear a mask whilst on public transport and that does include ferries.

For more information on the use of the Path during the pandemic, please check our latest Covid-19 impact update in our news section. Thank you for your understanding at this challenging time.

The nature of the Coast Path means that many ferries must be used to cross estuaries along the length of the Path.

Ferries can be subject to change due to weather conditions, tides and times of the day. Ferry pick up and drop off location can also vary.

A couple of the estuaries can only be crossed at low tide by paddling across or via a tidal footbridge, so you will need to consult Tide Tables. These can be found in 'The Complete Guide to the South West Coast Path', which can be purchased from our shop here or you will receive FREE as a member. Find out more about membership here

Below, listed in path order, are the river crossings you’ll encounter whilst on the Coast Path. Further information can also be found on the relevant walk description pages.

Instow to Appledore (River Torridge)

Appledore Instow ferry

Ferry Service runs: 1st April to 31st October

Padstow to Rock (River Camel)

Water Taxi

Watertaxi service runs: 19:00 -  Mighnight Easter to end of October

Newquay to Crantock (River Gannel)

Fern Pit Ferry

Ferry Service runs: Daily from May to mid-September 09:30 to 18:00 (weather dependant)

Gillan Creek

Gillan Creek Ferry Sailaway St Anthony Ltd

Ferry service runs: 1st April to 31st October 

The stepping stones of the South West Coast Path across Gillan Creek are submerged roughly 3 hours either side of high water. Sailaway provides a ferry service on demand across the creek.

Taxi: For an alternative way around the river please use the following:

Telstar Taxis Tel: 01326 221007 or Meneage Taxi Tel:01326 560530 / 07773 817156

Helford River

Helford River Boats

Ferry service runs: 1st April to 31t October 09:30 to 17:00 on demand. In July and August, ferry may run into the evening.

Taxi: For an alternative way around the river.

Telstar Taxi Tel: 01392 221007 or Meneage Taxi Tel: 01326 560530 / 07773 817156

Falmouth to St Mawes (River Fal)

Cornwall Fal River Ferries - St Mawes Ferry

Ferry service runs: 7 days a week, twice daily

St Mawes - Place Creek (Percuil River)

Cornwall Fal River Ferries - Place Ferry

Ferry service runs: 7 days a week April to October

St Mawes Kayaks Water Taxi

Fowey to Polruan (River Fowey)

Polruan Ferry Co Ltd

Ferry service runs:

Cremyll (Mount Edgcumbe) to Plymouth (River Tamar)

Plymouth Boat Trips

Ferry Service runs:

Sutton Harbour to Mount Batten (River Plym)

Mount Batten Ferry

Wembury (Warren Point) to Noss Mayo (River Yealm)

River Yealm Ferry and Water Taxi

Ferry Service runs: 1st April to 30th September 10:00 to 16:00

Mothercombe to Wonwell (River Erme)

There is no ferry at the River Erme. Please refer to tide times for crossing information

Bigbury (Cockleridge) to Bantham Slipway (River Avon)

Bantham Estate Passenger Ferry

Ferry service runs:  2nd April to 26th September: 10:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 16:00 (Except Sundays) 

Salcombe to East Portlemouth (Salcombe Estuary)

The Salcombe Ferry

Ferry Service runs: All year

Dartmouth to Kingswear (River Dart)

Lower Dartmouth Ferry

Ferry operates all year:

From Dartmouth TQ6 9AP: Monday to Saturday: 07:10 to 22:55 and Sunday: 08:10 to 22:24

From Kingswear TQ6 0AA: Monday to Saturday: 07:00 to 22:45 and Sunday: 08:00 to 22:45

Dartmouth (River Dart)

Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Co.

Dartmouth to Kingswear passenger ferry

S.Embankment, Dartmouth TQ6 9BH

Ferry Service runs:

Monday to Saturday: 07:30 to 18:50 and Sundays: 09:00 to 18:50

Shaldon to Teignmouth (River Teign)

Starcross to Exmouth (River Exe)

Starcross to Exmouth Ferry. Mark Rackley’

Ferry Service runs: every day 1st May to 31st October

From Starcross: every hour from 10:10 to 16:10 (and 17:10 mid-May to mid-September)

From Exmouth: every hour from 10:40 to 16:40 (and 17:40 mid-May to mid-September)

Turf to Topsham (River Exe)

Dawlish Warren to Exmouth (River Exe)

Exeplorer Water Taxi

Ferry service runs: Daily between 1st April to 3rd September. Times vary between 07:20 and 20:00 throughout the year.

Topsham (River Exe)

Exeter City Council, Canals and River Dpt.

Ferry Service runs:

Easter to September: 09:30 to 17:30 (daily except Tuesdays)

October to Easter – Weekends and bank holidays: 10:00 to 17:00

South Haven Point to Sandbanks, Poole

Swanage Motor Road & Ferry Co

Ferry service runs:

Sandbanks: 07:00 to 23:00

Shell Bay: 07:10 to 23:10

Alternatively contact: A1 Taxis 07758 130281

Weymouth Harbour

Since 16th Century rowing ferries have taken passengers across Weymouth Harbour.

Alternatively contact: A1 Taxis 07758 130281