2020 FERRY SEASON CANCELLED
Updated 1st July 2020
The ferry team have decided to cancel the whole of the 2020 ferry season (normally 1st April to 31st October). Following a thorough risk assessment, we believe it is not possible for us to operate in a safe environment for both our passengers and volunteers while the current restrictions are in place.
As costs have risen (this is quite separate from the current crisis) the decision has been taken to increase the fares for adults from £1.50 to £2 per journey. This is the first increase in fares since 2014. All other fares remain unchanged. Please note that we can only accept cash for the time being.
During the winter, we have carried out maintenance and improvements on both boats, in particular on Lizzie M. The mooring cleats on both boats have been replaced with Samson Posts, making life easier and safer for skippers, a roof hatch has been installed on Lizzie to provide ventilation on hot days (hopefully) and new boarding steps have also been installed, mirroring those on Sheila M. These will make boarding and disembarking safer for passengers. General maintenance tasks have been and continue to be carried out on both boats ready for the new season.
The timetables for 2020 remain on the website and will be replaced by next year's before 1st April 2021 so you can plan your trips. We look forward to welcoming you on board and we are hoping for a successful season next year transporting locals and visitors across the estuary.
THE FERRIES ARE NOW TWEETING
Follow the ferries' news and status on @appleinstferry. If the ferry cannot operate due to high winds a message will be put on Twitter and of course Facebook.
WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THE FERRY?
The Appledore Instow Ferry is a not for profit company and has endeavoured to keep the prices as low as possible. However, we do need to cover the costs of running two boats and sponsorship is the perfect way for companies and businesses to show their support for the ferry operation and advertise their business, as you can see from the logos on the Home page. For more information please use the Contact Us page and one of us will be in touch with you.
TANDEMS AND BICYCLE TRAILERS
The fares for the ferry remain the same for another season which allows us to cover our costs as a not for profit company. The ferry is licensed to carry twelve people and two crew, which includes the skipper. The ferry is able to take buggies and bicycles but the skipper will make a decision if there are some large buggies and a number of bicycles, to balance the number of passengers, buggies and bicycles - so please be patient if you are not able to get on the first available ferry.
We have made the decision to charge £3 for tandems and if a bicycle has a trailer there will be a cost of £1.50 for the trailer.
JOHNS OF INSTOW
Johns of Instow has a cafe next door to their deli. The cafe offers gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options as well as all the wonderful pastries and cakes that they offer.
Appledore is a quaint fishing village where you can wander the cobbled streets and find secret gardens and interesting door hangings. It has thriving local artists and numerous art galleries and craft shops, and is well known for its Visual Arts Festival, the book festival and the carnival that are held during the year. Read More
Instow is a pretty, unspoilt seaside village with large stretches of sandy beaches and dunes. Fishermen’s cottages nestle against shops and a good selection of pubs and restaurants. The village store and delicatessen are superb. Read More