The Harwich Harbour Ferry is a foot and bicycle ferry for 58 passengers that runs from the beginning of April until the end of December between Ha’penny Pier near Harwich to Landguard Fort near Felixstowe and Shotley marina.
During our visit to The Pier at Harwich, Bounce jumped on board for a quick visit to Felixstowe. Here’s what we thought of the trip.
“The Harwich Harbour Foot Ferry has been owned and run by Christian Zemann for the past three years.
This familiar yellow boat runs between Harwich and the two Suffolk destinations, Shotley and Felixtowe during the day from April.
As we jumped on board on a glorious day, it was easy to see the appeal!
Daytime crossings are popular with tourists and local people so the timetable has been extended to the evenings plus weekends in the autumn and winter.
The ferry dropped us off on the beach at Landguard Fort, perfect for those who love histroy, or from there like us, you can walk up the coastline into Felixstowe.
Christian informed us passenger numbers have increased from 12,000 to more than 30,000 and passengers can book or pay when boarding at Landguard Point.
There is also the opportunity to go Seal watching. The seal trip with Christians other vessel “SEAL SPOTTER” takes between 90-110 minutes, depending on tide and other vessels and can take up to 12 passengers at a time.
Trips leave from Harwich to Hamford Water National Nature reserve.
There are currently over 70 seals in the Walton backwaters, a small but healthy breeding population which has risen from only 5 in 1986.
The colony of both harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) and grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) are unusually of a russet colouration for much of the year due to the iron oxide-rich mud on to which they haul out.
The seals enjoy resting on the mudbanks, and prefer areas where rivers flow into the sea, like the backwaters, because these waters are permanently ice-free.
So if you’re visiting the area soon, we would definitely recommend a trip out on the Ferry!
For more information call 01728 666329 or visit www.harwichharbourferry.com