Historic ferry crossing to reopen


Volunteers are being sought after plans were revealed to re-launch a long abandoned ferry crossing at Restronguet near Falmouth.

The ancient route, which is believed to have been started in 1468 and created a link between Restronguet and Feock for foot passengers, has not seen service since the 1950’s.

This is, however, set to change if Tim Light, Cornwall Ferries’ managing director, gets his way.

Staff from the Pandora Inn and St Austell Brewery including MD James Staughton (third from left) join Cornwall Ferries' managing director, Tim Light (third from right) to enjoy a drink to launch Cornall Ferries new ferry service from Feock to Restronguet

Light said: “Not only are we re-creating a part of the areas forgotten history, but we are also opening up an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the surroundings without the use of a car.

“There are so many fantastic walks and sights to be seen around this area that it seems a shame for this historic link to remain part of history and not a sustainable part of the future.”

The service will rely on a number of volunteers to help the full time skipper of the 12-seat passenger service.


“In order for this to become a reality we will be recruiting volunteers who have some of their free time to help us with this trial. We will also be offering a water taxi service for locals to access their boats throughout the day,” added Light.

The crossing will mean that the people of Feock and Point are once again within walking distance of one of the most iconic pubs in the county, the Pandora Inn.

Light added: “In later years one of the most important jobs the ferry had was to carry beer across to the Pandora and we believe that we now have an opportunity to carry foot passengers across to the fantastic and iconic Pandora Inn to enjoy fine St Austell Ales.”

The service will operate for July and August – 11.30 am until 9.30pm and if sustainable, will open from Easter until the end of Sept in 2011.

For more information on how to volunteer please visit the website kingharryscornwall.co.uk or phone 01872 861911.