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|The following trip can be made in a
variety of directions but the following provides a description of the the entire
route and its stops etc.
Take the ferry from Mudeford Quay to the jetty at Mudeford sands, stay a while if you wish and enjoy a coffee at the Beach House or have lunch overlooking the water from the Hengistbury Head side of the harbour. Wander the beaches and paddle in the warm harbour waters for a while before taking the United ferry from the same jetty up through the harbour to Christchurch Quay, Wick or Tuckton. The United Ferries run on a water bus principle between the 4 points on a regular shuttle service and the Mudeford ferry runs backwards and forwards across the run between Mudeford Quay and the sands.
As with any boat trip it is a wonderful way to get about, several times a year I use the above route to go to town instead of taking the car. From my home, a bacon sandwich at the Avon Beach cafe sets the day up, a walk to Mudeford Quay to meet the ferry and across to the sands jetty. Onto the United ferry and up to the Town Quay from a short stroll takes you into the town.
Back to the Town Quay and the Boat House for lunch, meet the United ferry as it is running up to Tuckton and then back to the Sands jetty, Mudeford Quay and a walk home, about 3 hours in all and on a sunny day nothing could be better.
The Mudeford ferry crossing is £1 a head each way and the United trip £5 a head return at the time of putting this page on my site and is well worth every penny.
The Mudeford ferry has its own Website at www.mudefordferry.co.uk where you will find details of other trips the ferry makes such as the Friday night visit to the fireworks at Bournemouth Pier, trips to the Needles Lighthouse and any other events of the season.
The United Ferries are operated by www.bournemouthboating.co.uk and are part of bigger visitor attractions. Starting at Tuckton there is the Tuckton Tea Gardens, right on the River Stour snacks can be obtained all day. Also on the site is Crazy Golf and a putting green, bumper boats and hire boats to take yourself on the river. At Wick there are more hire boats and the cross river ferry to Wick Village and at the Town Quay more hire boats. To see what is on offer visit their site.