River Trips & Wildlife Experiences from Upstreet Nr Canterbury

Grove Ferry River Trips - Trips Page

Our Trips

Trips are organised and run by Grove Ferry River Trips an independent Company from The Grove Ferry Inn, that said we have a good relationship with the Inn but they cannot take bookings on our behalf.

  • Trips run 1200 to early evening… (weather and river permitting)
  • See home page for schedule
  • Strictly limited to a maximum of 12 passengers per trip
  • There is no minimum number of passengers
  • Run on bookings first then first come – first served basis.
  • Trips are up to 50/55 minutes
  • Booking is advised to avoid disappointment
  • The days trip schedule is displayed on the sailing board
  • Go either upstream or downstream (depending on tide and weather)
  • Priced at £10 for adults and £5 for under 16’s
  • We accept cash and card payments
  • Available during days as advised above
  • You may bring your own refreshments onboard
  • Limited number of well behaved dogs are welcome

Book a scheduled Trip

As the scheduled trip but an exclusive hour for you, a cruise up or down river from the Grove Ferry so you can see the countryside, to enjoy the peace, scatter ashes, just to relax, or to celebrate an anniversary. Historical snippets are available from the skipper if that’s your thing, maybe spot a kingfisher…

The boat can be booked in advance for special and exclusive use, just a few ideas:-

  • Picnic trips
  • Photography
  • Pop the question
  • Celebrations
  • Wedding carriage
  • evening/sunset trips
  • Scattering ashes
  • Relaxation
  • Exclusive use

The following should be considered when booking:


  • maximum number of passengers 12 (larger parties can be catered for only by splitting the group)
  • there is no minimum number of passengers
  • no toilet facilities
  • cost is based on £100 for the trip
  • you may bring your own refreshments onboard

Book an Exclusive Trip

An exclusive cruise of more than 1 hour, allowing for visits to further afield points on the river, E.g. Fordwich, Plucks Gutter or just to spend extra time with friends and relatives whilst relaxing on the river just a few ideas:-

  • Bird Watching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Celebrations
  • Wedding carriage
  • Scattering a loved ones ashes
  • Longer trips
  • Relaxation
  • Exclusive use
  • Trips outside the scheduled service

The following should be considered when booking:

  • Maximum number of passengers 12
  • There is no minimum number of passengers
  • No toilet facilities
  • Daylight hours only
  • cost is £100 per hour
  • Grove to Fordwich (the next possible stopping point up river) is an hour each way with limited access due to river levels and weed growth
  • Grove to Plucks Gutter (the next possible stopping point down river) is 45 minutes each way
  • Stopping at Fordwich or Plucks Gutter is possible with prior agreement.

Book a Special Trip

If it is wildlife you are interested in seeing you can spot some on the day time cruises but for a better chance we recommend you book to join one of our wildlife experiences, we have evening trips up river that are about 2 hours in length and are Ecologist lead. Of course this is “wild” life so nothing can be guaranteed but if nothing else it is a wonderful trip in the Kent countryside with a sunset thrown in

We run wildlife experiences with an ecologist on board who is well versed in the local flora and fauna:

  • all experiences are about 2 hours
  • cost £25 per head
  • hot drink provided
  • Booking required
  • The Experience is an evening start about an hour before sunset

Wildlife Experiences Info

Scattering ashes can usually be done within our normal operating schedule but please contact us with your wishes.

We can take a maximum of 12 passengers at a time on our  electric boat to a quiet, peaceful and scenic part of the river, ideal for scattering ashes.

You are more than welcome to bring along drinks and nibbles for the journey (Note there is no loo on board) and it is fine if you want to play some music from a mobile phone. Scattering flowers or petals or anything biodegradable along with the ashes is fine.

Please book an exclusive trip and add a note that it is for scattering ashes.

Book an Exclusive Trip

If you have any questions or unusual requests, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please email us to discuss requirements, ask questions and finalise details before booking.

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