Padstow Rock Ferry

Please see here for Christmas 2018 Ferry Hours

PLEASE NOTE - 01 November - 31 March, due to mandatory staff breaks, the ferry service will stop daily between 13.30 - 14.00 - SEE NOTICE.

Download ferry times and map.

The ferry can be contacted on 07773081574 (DURING OPERATIONAL HOURS ONLY).

The Padstow Rock ferry (a Seakeeper 715) and named "Black Tor", runs between Padstow and Rock, operating continuously throughout the day at 20 minute intervals. The ferry will depart from one of two points in Padstow depending on the tides. N.B. On big spring tides you may be disembarked at Daymer Bay over the extreme low water period download factsheet.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS - We would respectfully advise customers travelling in or with wheelchairs that due to the soft sand on beaches either side of the estuary, travelling by the ferry may be difficult or impractical. Travel can be achieved at certain states of the tide when the ferry can access the concrete slipways and the ferry crew will be happy to advise you of the times when the tide allows this.



Padstow Ferry Routes

PLEASE NOTE - 01 November - 31 March, due to mandatory staff breaks, the ferry service will stop daily between 13.30 - 14.00- SEE NOTICE.

FIRST FERRY   8.00 a.m.  
LAST FERRY 28 October - 31 March 4.50 p.m. 4.30 p.m.
  1 April - 31 May 5.50 p.m. 5.30 p.m.
  1 June - mid July 6.50 p.m. 6.30 p.m.
  mid July - 31 Aug 7.50 p.m. 7.30 p.m.
  1 Sep - mid Sep 6.50 p.m. 6.30 p.m.
  mid sep - 27 Oct 5.50 p.m. 5.30 p.m.
Adults £4.00 return  
Children £2.00 return  
Dogs (charged at ferryman's discretion) £1.00 return  
Bicycles (subject to prevailing conditions) £4.00  


A note from Mike Arnott:

"Tor means a high rock or hill. Until the late nineteenth century there was a high elvan outcrop rock at the present ferry north landing site and this had been known as Black Rock for centuries; then it was quarried away. When the ferry became known as the Black Tor Ferry I do not know. I cannot remember it being called that forty years ago when it was commonly referred to on our side of the estuary as the Padstow ferry. I suspect Black Tor Ferry was the name given to the first of the landing craft style of boats now in use because it was felt that something that would suit both sides of the river would be a good idea."

Ferry at Padstow
Ferry at Rock





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