The Butley Ferry

The volunteer ferrymen of the Alde & Ore Association will be back in action in 2017 rowing cyclists and walkers over Butley Creek from Easter Saturday, 16th April until Saturday, 14th October.  The ferry operates on weekends and Bank Holidays from 11am to 4pm, weather permitting. Cost is £2.00 per passenger and £1.50 per bike, with children under 11 costing £1.50.

We can also take reasonable sized parties mid week by arrangement and subject to availability of a ferryman. If you would like to discuss this, please contact us by email at

You do not need to book your crossing, but if you want to check whether the ferry is operating during uncertain weather, the mobile number is 07913 672499. This number will only be active on the days that the ferry operates.

We publish a leaflet showing details of the four ferries of Suffolk, which is available in the shop, garage, craft shop, 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 Vicki Bingham on 01394 450759 and she will send/deliver some to you)

Please come and support the Butley ferry. The money that it raises supports the work of the Alde and Ore Association. If you would like to become a volunteer ferryman, please contact us at

To access the private ferrymen's area, click here

The Butley Ferry is sponsored by the Alde & Ore Association

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Delighted to post pictures of the new wooden walk way and jetty on the Gedgrave river side of our ferry service. Volunteers worked tirelessly this weekend to get ready for the season which starts on the Easter weekend. ... See MoreSee Less

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