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King Harry Ferry

Age group: 8+

Location: MID Cornwall

 

Contact: nr Falmouth, TR3 6QJ

TEL: 01872 862312

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Each year the King Harry Ferry, near Feock in south Cornwall, saves 5 million car miles, 1.7 million kg of CO2 and ¾ of a million litres of fuel. It carries 300,000 cars every single year.

 

One of only five chain ferries in England, it departs every 20 minutes from each side, 7 days a week and the ferry is a key transport link for visitors and locals alike. In order to guide the 350 tonne ferry back and forth in all weather conditions, the ferries 270m long chains have to be incredibly strong and tough. With up to 80 crossings a day, 364 days a year, the chains undergo a huge amount of wear and have to be replaced regularly, not ideal when they cost over £16,000 a pair! Each chain weighs the same as a humpback whale and their combined strength is enough to lift ten double-decker buses.

 

The King Harry Ferry offers its passengers the chance to avoid miles of congested roads and once aboard you can get out and enjoy the slow river crossing which takes in one of Cornwall’s deepest and most beautiful rivers – the Fal River.

 

The new ferry with its glass side, chain viewing windows and touch screen information display is combining state of the art technology with a traditional friendly service.

 

The old King Harry Ferry was in service for 32 years and travelled 128,000 miles...that’s just over five times around the world!

 

DID YOU KNOW..?

 

It’s been voted one of the top ten ferry crossings in the world by the Independent on Sunday!

Truro 6 miles, St Mawes 6 miles, Falmouth 11 miles,