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Grove Ferry River Trips

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Address: Grove Ferry, Upstreet, Canterbury CT3 4BP, England
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+44 7985 273070
00:00 - 16:00
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For river trips on the River Stour in Kent come and see the "Ellen...

For river trips on the River Stour in Kent come and see the "Ellen Mary" a quiet eco friendly electric powered boat taking up to 12 passengers through scenic areas of outstanding beauty, getting close to local wildlife and birds.Why not enjoy a relaxing 1 hour river trip or book for a private “voyage” and then follow with the wonderful hospitality of The Grove Ferry Inn at our moorings.

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Another delightful trip!

We'd been before, downstream, and had a lovely trip, so decided to book a trip this year to go upstream. So glad we did. It's another beautiful stretch of the river, narrower and... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2016
Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

We'd been before, downstream, and had a lovely trip, so decided to book a trip this year to go upstream. So glad we did. It's another beautiful stretch of the river, narrower and more peaceful than downstream (although that's still beautiful too) and just perfect on a warm sunny afternoon. Peter, our captain and guide for the trip, was so... More 

Thank Cuckoobird
Orpington, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We came across this river trip when we went out for a picnic to Grove Ferry in Uppstreet near Canterbury. The boat trip is around 50 mins & starts on the hour. When we went it cost us £9 each. As we had just missed the trip it tells you to phone to book in - do not text as... More 

Thank sandieroche
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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184 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

We didn't plan for a wet day but still went on the trip. We did the hour trip and went down part of the Great Stour. The boat is electric and when the engine. (Which is not noisy) there is a wonderful quiet with the sound of the water and wildlife. The 'captain' is very informative and doesn't just follow... More 

Thank GrahamSample
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

One of the best boat trips we have ever done. River was beautiful - saw kingfishers and other birds. Company was amazing, very friendly and knowledgable - cannot recommend highly enough. Great fun.

Thank London17girl
Dartford, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

We had a lovely hour spent going upstream in the company of Peter, who was very knowledgeable & informative, we were hoping to sight some Kingfishers, sadly not on this trip, only a couple of swans & lots of canoes , however I did manage to capture some blue damsels bobbing over the river. the cost is well worth the... More 

Thank grumpyexec
Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Lovely 50 minute trip down the river with the children. The boat was quiet, clean and offered good views from all sides. No real negatives other than it might be nice if the skipper had said a few words along the way.

Thank The_Thanetarian
Birchington, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

The trip is around 50 mins, we went downstream as incoming tide was due during the trip and if we went upstream may not have got under ridge on way back, The scenery was great as was the bird life, Swans, Kingfishers, Swifts even a Marsh Harrier. The boat is electric motored and therefore absolutely quiet which makes the trip... More 

Thank gerryoflynngo
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

An hour on a small boat with the friendly skipper Peter. My mum has difficulties walking, and Peter done everything he could to help us. Really relaxing, especially after a Sunday roast, and a bargain at £9 each.

2 Thank Vikki J
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

Great and soporific trip on the river. We saw kingfishers! Apparently there are beavers and otters too! We caught the ferry at Grove Ferry and boated upstream. Lovely!

4 Thank Kimbrini
Folkestone, England, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Met at the pub for lunch and noticed the sign for Boat Rides. It was a cold windy day but the trip was still really good and the guide gave us blankets. Beautiful piece of the Stour to see and poodle along Would highly recommend!

1 Thank Joanne H

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