Six boat trips to try
Jump aboard a ferry to discover bustling harbours, secluded coves and characterful villages and turn the ‘getting there’ into a scenic adventure.
Fal River Ferries
Regular ferry services criss cross the river connecting almost every bank of this unspoilt natural beauty which boasts the maritime town of Falmouth at the bow and the City of Truro at the stern. From St Mawes and Place on The Roseland to Tolverne with its hidden Smugglers Cottage Restaurant and Tea Bar, land ahoy promises many delights. The Fal Mussel Card with its unlimited travel is a must for wannabe seadogs and the magical crossing on the chain King Harry Ferry is a never to be forgotten experience.
Camel Estuary Ferry
The ‘Black Tor Ferry’ connects the foodie hotspots of Padstow and Rock. Black Tor passengers can soak up the views of the Camel Estuary and with a healthy dose of sea air, work up an appetite for the plate of finest Cornish seafood waiting for them at either side courtesy of Rick Stein or Nathan Outlaw.
Helford River Ferry
Gliding back and forth between Helford Passage and Helford Village, the small ferry not only connects two waterside pubs and moors just footsteps away from two of Cornwall’s most renowned gardens; Trebah and Glendurgan, but it also welcomes those on the Daphne du Maurier trail who are experiencing for themselves, the still and tranquil waters of Frenchman’s Creek that fuelled her inspiration (service does not run in the winter).
Fowey River Ferries
Join Ratty, Mole and Mr Toad and spend the day ‘messing about on boats’ along the Fowey River which lays claim to being Kenneth Graham’s inspiration behind The Wind in the Willows. Heading out in all directions, ferries from Fowey offer passengers a chance to cruise the sheltered sailing waters for which the town is famed. Go east upon the Bodinnick car ferry, explore Fowey’s riverside reflection at Polruan or take the St Austell Bay bound Fowey to Mevagissey ferry which connects two of Cornwall’s most picturesque yet contrasting ports and offers a scenic arrival to the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Tamar River Ferries
Go back in time and journey aboard the historic gateway to South East Cornwall, the Cremyll Ferry. With a history spanning over 1000 years the Cremyll Ferry has lived an eventful life carrying passengers from between Cornwall and Devon and in its hayday serving as a vital link to the rest of the country. Today the once dangerous and hazardous passage has become a scenic eight minute crossing and in place of courage and bravery passengers embark with a desire to explore the secluded Rame Peninsula and the magnificent Mount Edgcumbe Estate.
Cormorant Cruising Boat Trips
When you visit Mousehole make your holiday very special by taking a trip aboard “Cormorant” where you will be able to see the Cornish coastline from the sea. Neil will delight you with tales of days gone by and more up to date events involving fishing boats, lifeboats and helicopter rescues. Head along the coast to see Lamorna Cove and the children especially love trying to spot seals on Mousehole Island. Recapture those good old fashioned holiday moments when everyone took “a trip around the Bay and back in time for tea”
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