The Barbican, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2NX

Located on the Hoe side of the Sound, the Cawsand Ferry provides trips and commutes to Plymouth locals and visitors alike.

The service has been in operation for more than 100 years, connecting Plymouth to the beaches and villages of Cawsand and Kingsand.

Cawsand overlooks Plymouth Sound and adjoins Kingsand, formerly on the border of Devon and Cornwall. Once a renowned smuggling village, Cawsand is now known for its lovely pubs and coastal scenery.

Part of the fabric of the community, The Weston Maid or Red Pig, as she’s affectionately known by the locals, offers a 30 minute sailing to and from the Barbican Landing Stage in Plymouth, directly onto Cawsand Beach.

There are three main beaches in Cawsand and Kingsand and they are separated by areas of rocks with interesting rock pools. Kingsand Beach is a mixture of sand and shingle, which is located along The Cleave. Girt Beach is mainly shingle, but with some sand and can be found along Market Street.

Cawsand Beach is mainly sand and is found along The Bound. A swimming beach known as Sandways lies a short walk out of the village, across the rocks towards Fort Picklecombe.

The ferry that takes you there from Plymouth is a 40ft passenger vessel. Known as The Weston Maid, the boat is a local celebrity in her own right, built as a lifeboat for the ocean liner, Canberra.

The Cawsand Ferry runs daily during the seasonal months. A wonderful boat trip in itself, this half hour ferry journey takes you back in time to the quaint fishing and smuggling villages of Cawsand and Kingsand, with secluded beaches, spectacular walks and magnificent scenery.

Any visit to Plymouth is not complete without a trip on the water. And the Cawsand Ferry is the perfect way to enjoy it.