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Thorpe Ferry

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Thorpe Ferry

Thorpe Ferry CIC By Thorpe Ferry CIC

We want to re-establish an old river ferry crossing, opening up pedestrian access to the Broads. Thorpe Ferry will launch, once we have an apprentice ferryman aboard & improved the landing stage.

Norwich Delivery stage

pledged of £14,843

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

The ferry will create a low carbon, enjoyable river experience linking two communities; Thorpe St Andrew (15,000 pop) with Whitlingham Country Park; a developing outdoor leisure, glamping & event venue. As well as Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre at Trowse Similarly people visiting Whitligham can take the ferry over to Thorpe Marshes (Norfolk Wildlife Trust) Nature Reserve. The river crossing will provide a safer & pleasant link in a SUSTRANS cycle route, instead of a perilous narrow 1m wide strip over the A47 flyover, unseperated from lorries.

What we'll deliver:

  • Market via web site, newspaper, social media, & create tribe interest with applications 4 apprentice ferry person.
  • Commission an electric powered ferry boat for 6 people & cycles, improve two landing stages, install signage.

Why it's a great idea:

The re-establishment of the ferry will open up a forgotten public right of way, that will greatly increase non- car access to areas of managed countryside, drawing in leisure & tourism. Thus benefitting locals, businesses & the environment which if appreciated will be better maintained. School field trips to the NWT nature reserve have been hamperd by lack of mini-bus parking, but ample parking exists on the opposite side of the river, which the ferry will enable, and what better way for kids to go on a field trip than by a river crossing?

Steps to get it done:

  • Gates, fencing & signage erected
  • Marketing starts with news coverage about looking for an apprentice ferryman, and builds with social media.
  • An existing Dory 13 will be upgraded & fitted with electric propulsion.
  • Concrete steps & slipway will be added to existing landing stage.

Plans to link the ferry by a low carbon Pony & trap or electric buggy, from a car park on 'safe' side of a railway level crossing over a Nature Reserve to the Ferry, will manage any potential increase in activity over the level crossing, and greatly add to the Broads experience. A river taxi service will be set up to increase accessibility by water into Norwich city.

Location Norwich

About the space

River crossing between 2 public rights of way


Broads Authority / Thorpe Town Council

How will the money be spent?Total £14,842

Ferry boat lease & modifications - £5,000 (34%)
Landing stage improvements, steps & slipways. - £4,000 (27%)
Gates, fences, signage - £3,000 (20%)
Life jackets, toll, insurances, licence - £1,800 (12%)
Other - £1,042 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Ferry boat lease & modifications
Landing stage improvements, steps & slipways.
Gates, fences, signage
Life jackets, toll, insurances, licence
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £14,842

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