Enjoy These 6 Scenic Ferry Rides In Cornwall

Padstow to Rock Ferry in Cornwall

One of the things you should not miss when you are in Cornwall is to enjoy the view from a ferry. While hiking allows you to see the sights, you cannot truly see it from this perspective. On the other hand, onboard a ferry, you can truly take the beautiful sights in. 

Fal River Ferries

This is a regular ferry service that crosses the river, connecting Falmouth to the City of Truro, St. Mawes, and other smaller stops. While onboard, passengers can marvel at the natural beauty that has been left unspoiled by civilization. The stops also offer beaches, picturesque trails, and adventures for its visitors. With the Fal Mussel Card, it is possible to take unlimited rides on the ferry, including the historical and unforgettable King Harry Ferry

Camel Estuary Ferry 

The Black Tor Ferry allows visitors to get from Padstow and Rock. While onboard, they can also enjoy the view overlooking the Camel Estuary and get a whiff of the fresh air. After the trip, they can then enjoy the culinary Cornish delights offered on both sides of the Ferry. 

Helford River Ferry 

Helford Passage and the Helford River are wonderful places to stay for a holiday in the Falmouth area of Cornwall. See the Cornish Holiday Cottages website for accommodation options here and nearby. This ferry has been operating since the Middle Ages, so it definitely is not one for you to miss! It goes back and forth between Helford Village and Helford Passage and is actually a smaller ferry compared to others. The ferry itself brings visitors to National Trust gardens that are among the best in the world and allow them to enjoy the tranquil waters of the Frenchman’s Creek, which Daphne du Maurier immortalized.  

Fowey River Ferries 

From Fowey, passengers can take a ferry to all directions. For those looking for a particularly scenic tour, take the ferry to Mevagissey to enjoy a vastly different port and a wonderful view of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. The Wind in the Willows cruise, another special trip to the village of Lerryn, allows passengers to bask in the magic of the river. Surrounded by the ancient Great Wood in the north and Manely wood in the south, this place has inspired the writer Kenneth Grahame in writing the masterpiece the tour is named after. This tour has to be booked specifically, as it does not run regularly like other lines. See this site for details.

Tamar River Ferries 

When you go on this ferry ride, imagine your ancestors doing the same, as this historical line has operated for more than 1000 years. On Tamar River Ferries, passengers can travel from Cornwall to Devon and back. Back in the day, this was a very dangerous passage but nowadays, it is a scenic crossing that lasts 8 minutes. Those interested in exploring the Rame Peninsula and the Mount Edgcumbe Estate should also take this ferry. 

Cormorant Cruising Boat Trips 

If you happen to be in Mousehole, then take this trip to marvel at the Cornish coastline from the water. The boat goes along the coast so passengers can see Lamorna Cove and as a special treat, they can also go seal spotting on Mousehole Island.

Take A Trip on the Water Next Time You’re in Cornwall

It is a fact that a trip to Cornwall is incomplete without taking a boat ride. Instead of having to hire your private boat, just hop on the ferry and be entertained by the guide’s local knowledge as well.