Cross the River Exe by Topsham ferry for one old penny

PUBLISHED: 10:38 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:14 10 June 2010

PEOPLE will be able to cross the River Exe on the Topsham passage foot ferry on New Year's Day for the original fare of one old penny.

PEOPLE will be able to cross the River Exe on the Topsham passage foot ferry on New Year's Day for the original fare of one old penny.

Although the fare is small, visitors are welcome to give a larger donation because cash raised from the event will go to the Lord Mayor's charity to support Southbrook Specialist College's extended learning opportunities project.

Topsham's ferryman, Michael Stevens, will be on duty as usual on Boxing Day and the weekend of December 27 and 28.

The ferry will also operate on New Year's Day and every day until Jan 4 2009, taking passengers across the River Exe, from Topsham to and from the canal and the Riverside Valley Park.

Operating hours will be between 11am and dusk on each day - weather and tide permitting.

The five-minute crossing operates on demand.

The ferry service has always proved popular for walkers, commuters and other leisure users.

The fares are 80p per adult, 40p per junior, 20p for dogs and 40p per bicycle.

Exeter City Council said the well-established ferryman Mr Stevens has had another successful year, with plenty of visitors and local residents taking advantage of the crossing.

A spokesperson said: "He is also able to offer other services such as mooring maintenance and small boat berths and a water taxi service to local boats, as well as looking after boats in the water at Topsham quay."

For further information, the ferryman can be contacted during operating times, on 0780 120 3338.


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