Hacking Ferry

The Hacking Ferry or Hacking Boat, as it was commonly called, was used to ferry people across the River Ribble were it joins the Calder opposite Calder Hall. Historians date the first ferry service at around 1686 but in more recent times, the boat was used to carry holiday makers and ramblers across the river. The boat did not operate a regular service. If you wanted to cross the river you had to call for the boat man and pay about two or three pence each journey. The last boat was taken out of service in 1938 but was still used occasionally, until it ceased to operate in 1955.

The last ferry, which was built in the 1920's, is in Clitheroe Castle Museum. The Ribble Valley Chief Executive, Michael Jackson, found it rotting in a barn at Hacking Hall.

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