2020 FERRY SEASON CANCELLED till 1st JULY
The ferry team have decided to cancel the 2020 ferry restart till 1st July at the earliest. We will keep the situation under review and heed government advice on the best way forward. If necessary, we will extend the start of the 2020 season until we are told it is safe to do so. We will update this page when that happens.
As costs have risen 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 the whole season are now available on the website so you can plan your trips throughout the season until the end of October. We look forward to welcoming you on board and we are hoping for another successful season 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