Butley: Centuries old tradition of daily ferry from Butley to Orford could be revived after trial success

Volunteer Andrew McDonald runs the Butley Foot Ferry, which is now running during the week.

Volunteer Andrew McDonald runs the Butley Foot Ferry, which is now running during the week. - Credit: Archant

A centuries old tradition is likely to be revived after a trial run proved a huge success.

For the first time in 120 years the Butley Ferry operated throughout the whole of last week. It is only usually manned at weekends or bank holidays between Easter and the end of September.

But volunteer oarsman Andrew McDonald decided to run a weekday service and it proved so popular that bosses are hoping to do it again.

Simon Barrow, Alde & Ore Association committee member responsible for the ferry, said: “Provided we can get the volunteers I think we will look to run it on a Monday and Friday as well next season – allowing a long weekend.”

The ferry takes people between Butley and Orford and was founded in the 16th Century.

It runs between 11am and 4pm. Call 07913 672499.

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