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River Trips

Scheduled Trips

Trips are organised and run by Grove Ferry River Trips an independent Company from The Grove Ferry Pub, that said we have a good relationship with the Pub.

Scheduled trips run 1200 to early evening... (weather and river permitting)
See home page for schedule

Regular scheduled trips are:-

  • strictly limited to a maximum of 12 passengers
  • There is no minimum number of passengers
  • run on first come - first served basis
  • last up to 50 minutes
  • go either upstream or downstream (depending on tide and weather)
  • booking is advised to avoid disappointment
  • next trip is displayed on the sailing board
  • priced at £9 for adults and £5 for under 16's
  • available during days as advised above
  • you may bring your own refreshments onboard

Special Trips

The boat can be booked in advance for special and exclusive use, (between March and October) just a few ideas:-

  • Picnic trips
  • Bird Watching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Celebrations
  • Wedding carriage
  • Longer trips
  • Relaxation
  • Exclusive use
  • Trips outside the scheduled service

The following should be considered when booking:

  • maximum number of passengers 12
  • there is no minimum number of passengers
  • no toilet facilities
  • daylight hours only
  • cost is based on £90 per hour
  • you may bring your own refreshments onboard
  • Grove to Fordwich is an hour each way
  • Grove to Plucks Gutter is 45 minutes each way

Please use the online booking system and we will get back to you to discuss requirements, finalise details and provide costs.

If you have any questions or unusual requests, please do not hesitate to contact us info@groveferryrivertrips.co.uk

To avoid disappointment please book in advance.


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Access Statement:
This access statement is not a personal statement as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors.

The boat is boarded via a non-slip metal plate ramp which is adjusted to the height of tide, from the ramp there are 3 steps down into the boat. If you have any queries or require any assistance please contact us.

The boat can be found by either entering the Inn front door (steps) and exiting the rear on to the decking,or via the Inn garden and on to the decking (ramp), or from the car park going to the left side of the Inn and through the gate to the rear of the Inn, this has no steps buts some paving stones that are a little uneven. Staff will aid disabled customers where possible.

Grove Ferry River Trips and The Grove Ferry Inn are separate businesses but the Inn allows our visitors free use of its facilities which include: free car parking, toilet facilities including disabled and refreshments.

Once on the tour a commentary is given by the skipper. It is recommended that passengers with hearing difficulties sit closer to the guide. The main attraction is the scenery, so deaf passengers will still enjoy the tour. All dogs are welcome.

Number 8 (Canterbury to Margate)
Mon-Sat: every 30 mins, Sunday: hourly

From A28, in Upstreet, take road sign posted 'Grove Ferry.' After level crossing, turn left into Grove Pantry Pub car park.

Sat Nav CT3 4BP

Nearest Station Sturry (4 miles)

Northgate Cars 01227 860460

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