South Shields Ferry

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South Shields Ferry

Postby 4wils » 1 Sep 2016, 1:42pm

Does anyone have experience of using the South Shields ferry with recumbent trikes?
When I phoned they seemed to take recumbents, with some provisos, but I am not sure they understood what a recumbent trike is. As we are taking the Newcastle - Ijmuiden ferry crossing I would not like to get there and then find out that they don't take trikes.

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Re: South Shields Ferry

Postby Toffee » 1 Sep 2016, 1:51pm

Went across the Tyne on the Shields ferry a couple of weeks ago.

There should be enough room for a trike unless you try to go at peak times. We went across on a Saturday afternoon and there were about 10 bikes and thirty people. The ferry could have taken more.


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Re: South Shields Ferry

Postby DaveP » 2 Sep 2016, 8:50am

Used it about 4 years ago. The boat was quite spacious, off peak at any rate, and there was a crew member stood close to the entry/exit point. Presumably assistance would be forthcoming if necessary.
Worst bit could be the zigzag queuing system on the North bank. Could be tedious but essentially do-able.
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Re: South Shields Ferry

Postby foxyrider » 9 Sep 2016, 8:29pm

Use proper bikes - problem gone :lol:

When I used it back in 2009 the biggest issue was finding the ferry on the North bank! Might be better now.
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Re: South Shields Ferry

Postby Wilberforce » 6 Dec 2016, 1:18pm

Just new on here, but catching up with local threads. I use the ferry from time to time, if I think on, I'll next time I'm down there, I'm only a few minutes from the North Shields side. I could use it as an excuse to go out, watch this space.