Thursday to Sunday 10am-5pm
5 minute ferry crossing the 40m wide river, on demand, as opposed to a 7 mile road round trip via City. Joining up two stunning landscapes; Whitligham Country Park and Norfolk Wildlife Trust Thorpe Marshes.
The Ferryman will advise on H&S. Payment by cash or card at the Cafe.
Thank you for your support! Over the summer in 2023 we have had just over 600 passengers, 50 bicycles & many lovely dogs.
If you would like to organise a school field trip, contact Stephen
How To Access The Thorpe Ferry
Pedestrian & Cycle access. From Thorpe the Northern bank is accessed off Yarmouth Road, either along Bungalow Lane, or over Thorpe Marshes Nature Reserve. Limited Car parking at Kingfisher Boatyard for Cafe & Ferry. On the south bank Whitlingham Country Park offers car parking 500m west of our landing stage along various scenic footpaths. Sustrans cycle routes on N & S side of River Yare are joined by the Ferry.
Parking for school & charity Mini-buses
School party bus parking available in locked car park off Whitlingham Lane 100m from South Bank landing stage. - Via Whitlingham Lane, & Whitlingham Country Park at NR7 0QA
There is also parking available on North bank at Thorpe Ferry Cafe, located on the map above.
Brief History of Thorpe Ferry
The ferry began before the war enabling country folk to catch the train at Whitlingham Halt (closed under Beeching) into Norwich, then again in the 60's when Nobby Clarke (football club canary mascot) used to row people across (and retrieve bodies floating down stream!) Thorpe Ferry was resurrected by Stephen Ellingham in 2022 with help from Broads Authority Sustainable funding & a kind private donation. When quiet, Stephen and his water dog collect floating litter from the River Yare.
How To Find Thorpe Ferry