All Aboard! Nun Monkton Ferryboat sets sail for new shores

The Nun Monkton ferryboat, a not-for-profit community enterprise based in rural North Yorkshire sets sail once again on Saturday 6th April.

Launched in September 2017 for the first time in 65 years, the ferryboat reopened the historic crossing of the River Ouse between the village of Nun Monkton and Beningbrough Hall. Following a successful 2018, which welcomed 2267 passengers and countless dogs, the ferryboat is delighted to be able to embark upon the second leg of the journey for 2019, navigating the River Nidd to land on the shores of Moor Monkton as well.

The village of Nun Monkton is an idyllic North Yorkshire no-through-road village which terminates at the confluence of the Rivers Nidd & Ouse. A ferry was first recorded at this point across the Ouse in 1174, when William and Ivetta des Arches founded a priory of Benedictine nuns and in recent times a small passenger ferry was in operation until 1952. Not only does the village boast a magnificent 12th century church with William Morris stained glass window, but it is very proud of its award-winning pub The Alice Hawthorn, which serves great pub classics and modern British food (NB: booking is advisable especially at weekends).

Weather permitting, the ferryboat will run from Saturday 6th April every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday until the end of October 2019 from 11am – 4pm. A small charge of £2 per adult and £1 per child each way will be made to cover running costs, with dogs and bicycles* being transported for free.

*Please note that bicycles are only allowed on the crossing between Nun Monkton and Moor Monkton and cannot disembark at Beningbrough.



“We’re really excited to be able to open up even more of the picturesque local countryside to our visitors, and make Nun Monkton and Beningbrough more accessible for our Moor Monkton neighbours,” says Kate Harpin, who funded the launch of the ferryboat with her husband Richard. “Apparently many years ago there used to be a bridge linking Nun Monkton and Moor Monkton, so a ferry crossing is the next best thing!”

Tales from the Riverbank 2018

End of Season Supper

At our end of season supper we shared tales of rescue operations, photoshoots and slippery skinny dippers, over a glass of wine or two. A big thank you to you all.


2018 Ferryboat Season

Thank you to all our passengers – all 2267 of you!

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Navigation across the Ouse

Safety is at the heart of what we do and this is why the loopy route the ferryboat takes looks like this. Despite our love of fun, being a ferryman is a serious business!


Season Tickets

With families from local villages in mind, we introduced season tickets, at Nun Monkton’s Feast Day in June. The family ticket costs £25, valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, giving 2 adults and 3 children unlimited ferryboat travel.


"We were treated to smiles and laughter as we crossed"

"Brilliant service and such lovely helpful guys."

"A big shout out to the crew today who without any hesitation came to the rescue of our dog who got stuck just off the river bank. Many, many thanks.”

"For me, I compare every boat trip to that of the Titanic and for that reason I give this one 5 stars. Firstly, it didn’t sink; secondly, none of the crockery fell off the shelves, and mainly, not once did I hear Celine Dion –not once! Bravo."

"An attraction funded by locals and operated by volunteers. This deserves to be applauded and supported."

"What a friendly and convenient service, that has opened up new routes."