Brightlingsea – Point Clear –
East Mersea Foot Ferry

The Brightlingsea/Point Clear/East Mersea Foot Ferry is now in its eleventh season,
providing ease of access between the three communities for both local people and
visitors to the area.

The Ferry provides not only a means of crossing the creek, but opens up opportunities
to explore the attractions and facilities the area has to offer such as Cudmore Grove
Country Park. The custom built ferry boat has a ramp which can be lowered to allow
easy access for wheelchair users and cycles, as well as foot passengers using the service.

Use of the ferry greatly reduces road miles - typically a round trip by road between
Brightlingsea and Point Clear is 20 miles, but takes just 3 minutes on the ferry. The
round trip by road to East Mersea is 40 miles, but only takes approximately 9 minutes by ferry.

Ferry Timetable 2016 - Seasonal Schedule

Dates Service
25th March – 17th July
Weekends & Bank Holidays
Monday – Friday

Scheduled Service

18th July – 4th September
All week
Scheduled service
5th September – 30th September
Weekends & Bank Holidays
Monday – Friday

Scheduled Service

Daily operating times of Route One:

Depart from Brightlingsea on the hour between 10.00 - 12.30 and 13.00- 16.45.

NB No service between 12.30 – 13.00 daily (LUNCH BREAK)

Scheduled service:

Brightlingsea – Point Clear – Brightlingsea
On demand except when the ferry is crossing to East Mersea (See below)

Scheduled departures from Brightlingsea on the hour between 10.00 and 16.00.

Scheduled departures from East Mersea at 15 minutes past each hour between 10.15 and 16.15.

Fares (each way):
Brightlingsea – Point Clear Brightlingsea or Point Clear –
East Mersea
Adults £1.00 Adults £3.00
Children £0.50 Children £2.00
Senior Citizens £1.00 Senior Citizens £2.00
Bicycles & Dogs £0.50 Bicycles & Dogs £1.00

Fares (each way): The same fare applies each way



Senior Citizen

Under 16


Brightlingsea - Hythe


£4.00 £3.00 £1.00

Brightlingsea - Rowhedge


£3.00 £2.50 £1.00

Brightlingsea - Wivenhoe


£3.00 £2.50 £1.00

Wivenhoe - Hythe


£2.00 £2.00 £1.00

Wivenhoe - Rowhedge


£1.50 £1.00 £0.50

 Rowhedge - Hythe


£1.50 £1.50 £0.50

Terms and Conditions of Carriage:
•The ferry can carry a maximum 12 foot passengers at any one time
•Children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
•We reserve the right to refuse carriage to anyone suspected to be under
the influence of alcohol or drugs.
•Dogs are carried at the discretion of the coxswain provided they are kept
on a lead and under control.
•We reserve the right to limit the number of dogs, bicycles, pushchairs and
prams on any particular crossing.
•Passengers must remain seated whilst the ferry is moving.
•No smoking is permitted on the ferry.
•The ferry service may need to be suspended in adverse weather conditions
or at times of exceptional tides. In these circumstances, the ferry operator
is not responsible for providing alternative transport.

During scheduled operating times the ferry can be contacted on
Mobile: 07981 450169

Ferry services may be available outside the timetable dates
dependent on weather conditions and crew availability.
For details call: 01206 302200