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photoblog image 'Scene' in Dorset - Sandbanks Ferry

'Scene' in Dorset - Sandbanks Ferry

This "longish" series comprises a variety of subjects and shots I took during our April visit to Dorset for our nephews wedding.

Instead of returning home we decided to move on to Swanage, Dorset, for a few days and travelled there utilising the Sandbanks ferry.

Sandbanks Ferry is a vehicular chain ferry, which crosses the entrance of Poole Harbour in the English county of Dorset. The route runs from Sandbanks to Studland  and in doing so connects the coastal parts of the towns of Bournemouth  and Poole  with Swanage  and the Isle of Purbeck. This avoids a 25-mile journey by road.

 

The ferry, along with the road that connects with it on the Studland side, is owned by the Bournemouth - Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company, which initiated the ferry crossing in 1923, and a toll is charged for use of both road and ferry. The current toll for a car is £3.20 each way. The current ferryboat, named Bramble Bush Bay, was put into service in 1994 and can carry up to 48 cars. It is the fourth vessel to operate on the route.

'Scene' in Dorset - Sandbanks Ferry

This "longish" series comprises a variety of subjects and shots I took during our April visit to Dorset for our nephews wedding.

Instead of returning home we decided to move on to Swanage, Dorset, for a few days and travelled there utilising the Sandbanks ferry.

Sandbanks Ferry is a vehicular chain ferry, which crosses the entrance of Poole Harbour in the English county of Dorset. The route runs from Sandbanks to Studland  and in doing so connects the coastal parts of the towns of Bournemouth  and Poole  with Swanage  and the Isle of Purbeck. This avoids a 25-mile journey by road.

 

The ferry, along with the road that connects with it on the Studland side, is owned by the Bournemouth - Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company, which initiated the ferry crossing in 1923, and a toll is charged for use of both road and ferry. The current toll for a car is £3.20 each way. The current ferryboat, named Bramble Bush Bay, was put into service in 1994 and can carry up to 48 cars. It is the fourth vessel to operate on the route.

comments (21)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Jul 2010, 03:44
I wonder how many times the chain has required replacement in that time, Brian?
Brian Walbey: I can imagine it doesn't last all that long Ray, the ferry crosses each way two or three times an hour.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Jul 2010, 07:20
A lovely part of the world Brian: I was there myself at the weekend
Brian Walbey: Then you are a lucky man then Chris. Thanks.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 7 Jul 2010, 08:01
Reminds me of the time l caught the ferry to Fraser Island and had to reverse off with a camper trailer on the back...that ferry was only two cars wide, l would have killed to have been on this ferry
Brian Walbey: Why is it one always remembers things like that Tony, I'm sure you would enjoy this ferry.
nice shot mate.
never seen a chain ferry before.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Rob, this one has been here for years in various guizes.
lovely capture...could tell so man stories
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed, thanks Toni.
I've never heard of, or seen, a chair ferry before. Does this mean the ferry is literally pulled across the water by winching the chains in? Or am I being stupid now?
Brian Walbey: There is some equipment each side of the ferry that actually drags it along the chains Sheila.
Wonderful and informative capture Brian. The first time I see a chain ferry!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, I'm not sure where there are any others but I bet there is.
That is a rather cheap ferry!! We were at the Killimer ferry a couple of weeks back, to travel from Co. CLare to Co. Kerry, and that one is 18 euro, one way. You are only on the ferry for 10 minutes, so that is nearly a euro per minute, very deer!!!
Brian Walbey: It ceertainly is dear compared to this Marion, mnd you they do about 6 crossings an hour with up to 48 vehicles so get plenty of revenue I should think.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 7 Jul 2010, 12:23
Good capture
Brian Walbey: Many thanks vintage.
Some of my nicest holidays have been that way, never used the ferry, I shall keep it in mind next time. Good capture smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Linda, it certainly cuts off a long ride round through Wareham etc.
Nice capture Brian. We have one in Cornwall called the King Harry Ferry and I'm sure it is more expensive than this one.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet, this one certainly saves a lot of miles.
very interesting info. i had no idea there were such ferries. nice shot!
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Charles.
Dorset is a great county and this is a great area. Very nice colour and shot Brian.
Brian Walbey: I agree John, thanks for your comment.
Not seen this before Brian. Lovely county Dorset
Brian Walbey: We like it down there Bill, a longish drive though.
Fascinating looking vessel!
Brian Walbey: Saves a long drive round though Tom.
This is a fine shot of it Brian..I was there many moons ago.
Brian Walbey: I think it will have been one of the earlier models at that time then.
A good look around Dorset then Brian.
Brian Walbey: We spent most of our time around Swanage and Purbeck this time Michael, well worth a visit if you've never gone there.
Never seen a ferry like this myself, wonder if they are noisey
Brian Walbey: It isn't too noisy derek and the crossing only takes a few minutes.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jul 2010, 18:37
Another well-known scene to me, Brian. The short journey from Sandbanks across to Studland is like going to a different world. I love the Purbecks!
Brian Walbey: WE like the area as well Alan, we had our honeymoon in Swanage in 1971 and have been back several times over the years.
A fine bit of engineering Brian, I have traveled on this a few times.
Brian Walbey: I think this particular ferry is only a few years old Les.
Brilliant smile
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Dave.

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