Hamble Ferry, Hamble, Southampton, Hampshire
The Hamble Ferry has been ferrying folk across the river from Warsash to Hamble since 1493, which surely makes it one of the longest serving ferries in the country. The boats weren’t always the lovely bubblegum pink that they are today of course, but that’s been their trademark for some time - it makes them easy to spot and it's fun, so why not?
The ferry runs from the Hamble Public Jetty to the Warsash Ferry Hard with their operating hours varying slightly according to the time of year - obviously, there's more demand in the peak season. We spoke to the boatman just after Easter and he told us the ferry was running from 10am-4pm with the last boat at 3.50 from either side - but that would shortly change as things get busier, extending by an hour or two, so your best bet is to check the website using the link below.
They don't work to a timetable - the people who run the ferry are a friendly bunch so it’s all done on demand; go down to the water’s edge and you shouldn’t have to wait long, even if the ferry is the other side of the river. The boats, Clare and Emily, are purpose-built and both licensed to carry 12 passengers, so if there's a big group of you, you should call ahead to book your crossing.
T: 02380 454512 or 07827 157154 for the duty boatman All information correct at the time of writing