Local Area

The Ferry Boat Inn nestles on the southern edge of North Fambridge, in the Maldon District of Essex.

With views across the open fields of the Blue House Farm nature reserve and within easy reach of Fambridge Yacht Haven marina and boatyard.

The locality is famous for its former ferry crossing over the River Crouch and a popular destination for yachting, classic boats, bird watching and beautiful tow path walks.


Yacht Haven

From the Ferry Boat Inn pick up the flat, but picturesque 3 minute (approx) walk over to Fambridge Yacht Haven. Take a deep breath and enjoy your surroundings; the beautiful scenery, the sounds of the waterside wildlife and the spectacular panoramic skies.

Whether you’re new to sailing, fair-weather or hardy, you’ll find Fambridge Yacht Haven one of the prettiest marinas on the East Coast, offering sheltered, fully-serviced berths, exceptional customer service and wide ranging facilities to suit all manner of boat enthusiasts.

If you’re visiting by boat, there’s visitor moorings available at the Yacht Station and within the marina. Call 01621 740370 to book a berth.

17 mile long

River Crouch

A stone’s throw away, the River Crouch flows gently through this part of Essex, a tidal estuary meandering its way through a peaceful, wide-open landscape. The 17-mile river side path leads around the edge of the mud flats, famous for yachting and oysters. Look out over the expansive salt marshes and you might catch a glimpse of the migrating wildlife as they pass. Indeed, every season brings with it a different array of wildlife, so there’s always something new to see.

Why not discover the beauty of our neighbouring Blue House Farm Nature Reserve too, an area internationally important for wildlife and a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Enjoy the views, take in the big skies and immerse yourself in the beauty of this corner of Essex.


Local Walks

We are lucky to have some enviable walks on our doorstep, varying in length and terrain. Why not download our map showing various walks and pop back to the Ferry Boat Inn for lunch, an evening meal or a soft, comfy bed for the night while you rest and recharge.

Dogs welcome!

We have designated dog friendly areas in our spacious barn and the old pub, as well as our garden. We keep our plaster room, old cellar room and north room dog free. If you’d like to bring a well-behaved dog, please call us in advance so that we can allocate an appropriate table.

Things to Do

North Fambridge

Beyond our accommodation annexe lies Blue House Farm; a haven for migrating birds and a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

There are few places on the East Coast where you can witness the changing of the seasons with such contrast. From water voles and migrating Ruffs in the spring, to huge flocks of dark-bellied Brent Geese in the winter. Not forgetting the many breeds of owls which reside in the Farm!

Why not take the opportunity to see the River Crouch from on the water. Sailing Barge Kitty is a Thames Sailing Barge dating back to the 1800s which was originally built to transport grains and flour from London to Essex.

Nowadays, Kitty offers river cruises including sunset cruises and wildlife trips from the Yacht Station, just a few hundred metres beyond the Inn.

Things to Do

Burnham & Maldon

Here’s some other recommendations if you’re looking for some fun, interesting and beautiful places to visit in the local area:

EV charging

Electric Car Charging

We’re proud to provide two electric vehicle charging points within our car park for pub patrons and B&B guests.

Users must download and register with the Vend Electric App which is available on the Google Play store or App Store.

So head into the pub for a drink, some food, or to relax overnight, safe in the knowledge your vehicle will be fully charged when it’s time to head off!