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54th Anniversary  1964 - 2018


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This Site was last updated on 20-09-2018 .

NEWSFLASH....Our regraded Slipway will reopen on Monday 24th September. Thanks to all that helped during its reconstruction your help was invaluable..........................NAVIGATION WARNING...UPDATE..Minster Bridge is being slid across the river from 15th to 22nd September and the Richborough Bridge lift from 24th to 26th September..... Notice Boards at Redhouse and Richborough Castle will give the contact number of the Safety Boats duty officer of the day during this and future work over the next few weeks. Please check with the safety boat to see if navigation is allowed if you intend to travel down to Sandwich on any day during the work at Minster..(Photos of bridge parts under construction below)... ..

Grove Ferry Boat Club was founded in 1964.You will find the clubhouse, dating from the early seventies, on the south bank of the River Great Stour, (the second largest river in Kent) It lies just below the Grove Ferry Bridge, some 8 miles east of Canterbury. The Bridge replaced the old ferry in 1963.

We are an active boat club with various events, water activities, organized cruises in company, boat exercises etc. and with barbecues and other activities at Red House Marsh. (Our picnic facility some 4.5 miles downstream)

The Ferry Inn on the North Bank is also open on Sunday afternoons throughout the year between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. (Except bank holiday weekends & Club Events) and all are welcome for tea, coffee and the odd cake, along with a little social banter!

The club has some 30 moorings on the north Bank and we have developed storage & facilities for dinghies, canoes etc. in our compound, and we now have easy launching facilities with the slipway on the north bank.

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Photos of our slipway regrading



Photos of Bridge Construction


Click here for Ramsgate Harbour Cam.


CLOSED 10th June 2018 OPEN 17th June 2018 OPEN 24th June 2018 OPEN 1st July 2018 OPEN 8th July 2018 CLOSED CLUB EVENT 15th July 2018 OPEN 22nd July 2018 OPEN 29th July 2018 OPEN 5th Aug 2018
NOW OPEN 12th Aug 2018 OPEN 19th Aug 2018 CLOSED 26th Aug 2018 OPEN 2nd Sept 2018 OPEN 9th Sept 2018 OPEN 16th Sept 2018 OPEN 23rd Sept 2018 OPEN 30th Sept 2018 OPEN 7th Oct 2018 OPEN 14th Oct 2018 OPEN 21st Oct 2018 CLOSED CLUB EVENT 28th Oct 2018
OPEN 4th Nov 2018 OPEN 11th Nov 2018 OPEN 18th Nov 2018 OPEN 25th Nov 2018 OPEN 2nd Dec 2018 CLOSED CLUB EVENT 9th Dec 2018 OPEN 16th Dec 2018 OPEN 23rd Dec 2018 CLOSED 30th Dec 2018 OPEN 6th Jan 2019 OPEN 13th Jan 2019 OPEN 20th Jan 2019
OPEN 27th Jan 2019 OPEN 3rd Feb 2019 OPEN 10th Feb 2019 OPEN 17th Feb 2019 OPEN 24th Feb 2019 OPEN 3rd March 2019 OPEN 10th March 2019 OPEN 17th March 2019 OPEN 24th March 2019 OPEN 31st March 2019 OPEN 7th April 2019 OPEN 14th April 2019
CLOSED 21st April 2019 OPEN 28th April 2019 CLOSED 5th May 2019 OPEN 12th May 2019 OPEN 19th May 2019 CLOSED 26th May 2019 OPEN 2nd June 2019 OPEN 9th June 2019 OPEN 16th June 2019 OPEN 23rd June 2019 OPEN 30th June 2019 OPEN 7th July 2019

Table of Distances in Miles

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Fordwich Mill 5.1 Miles Plus 4 Hours 35 Mins Fixed Sluice
Stodmarsh 2.5 Miles Plus 3 Hours 45 Mins  
Grove Ferry 0.0 Miles Plus 3 Hours 15 Mins Bridge
Sarre Channel 3.2 Miles Plus 2 Hours 32 Mins (Not navigable)
Little Stour 3.3 Miles Plus 2 Hours 30 Mins River Junction*
Pluck's Gutter 3.4 Miles Plus 2 Hours 29 Mins Road Bridge
Red House Marsh 4.4 Miles Plus 2 Hours 16 Mins Club Picnic site
Minster Rail Bridge 6.8 Miles Plus 1 Hour 45 Mins  
Richborough Castle 8.7 Miles Plus 1 Hour 20 Mins Roman Fort
Sandwich Bridge 10.2 Miles Plus 1 Hour Swing Bridge
Stonar Cut 13.3 Miles Plus 28 mins (not navigable)
Pegwell Bay 14.2 Miles Plus 24 Mins Pepperness River mouth
Royal Harbour 17.0 Miles Plus 21 Mins Ramsgate

NAVIGATION WARNING. Navigation warnings will be listed here as and when received.

Warning Posted 28/07/2018

Travelling Down river Please proceed with caution Mid Stream 25 to 50 metres past the last boat at Plucks Gutter as sunken object has been hit by one of our boats.

Warning Posted 14/06/2017

Notice Number 06 - 2017,  14th June 2017
Major changes to estuary buoyage.

Mariners are advised that the old loop in the estuary is now abandoned and all buoys withdrawn.  The newly developing straight channel now replaces that old loop with an additional buoy at each end.  The new channel is approximately three cables in length allowing the buoys at each end to be clearly visible from one end to the other.
See new chart published on this site page ‘NAVIGATION INFO/Estuary Chartlet’
Signed Captain Colin Carr.  Harbour Master.

Click here for Notice to Mariners.

Click here for 26th April 2018 map of the entrance to Sandwich.


Sandwich Bridge Contact Number for opening is now as follows
Tel No 01843 585624


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