The Butley Ferry coronavirus update

Coronavirus update.

Having been closed due to current covid-19 restrictions, the Butley Ferry will now open on Saturday, 25th July with all suitably precautions in place. We look forward to rowing you across the Butley River.


The ferry is open every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday from 25th July until Sunday, 11th October. Fares are £2.00 for adults and £1.50 for children under 12 and for bicycles.

There are a number of circular walks and cycle routes which include the ferry and allow you to experience to the full the unique landscape of the Alde and Ore Estuary. We publish a leaflet with a free map which is available at the ferry and from local outlets or can be downloaded here

The Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) also publish a leaflet showing details of the four foot ferries of Suffolk, which is available in the hotel and the pubs in Orford, which gives all the dates, times and costs of the four ferries.  They connect the Stour & Orwell Walk and the Suffolk Coast Path from Harwich to Walberswick, and in taking these four ferries you can save over 75 miles of congested inland roads.  (If you run any of these organisations and would like to have a supply of these leaflets, please telephone the AONB on 01394 445225 and they will send/deliver some to you)

A history of the ferry can be seen here.

To access the private ferrymen's area, click here

The Butley Ferry is sponsored by the Alde & Ore Association

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