Last Updated on 5th February 2018 by Ian

Volunteers for the Nun Monkton ferryboat

Nun Monkton to Beningbrough Hall ferryboat service has been re-launched for the first-time since 1952. Nun Monkton is a no-through-road village, which terminates at the beautiful confluence of the Rivers Nidd and Ouse. The aim of the ferryboat is to reconnect our communities for leisure: opening access to the many walks available on both sides of the Ouse. The ferryboat can carry up to 8 people including a skipper and crew member. Dogs are welcome and travel free. The journey across the river takes just a few minutes

The service is run by a group of volunteers who have kindly offered to give up their time to operate the boat.

After a very successful initial period, the Nun Monkton ferryboat team are looking for additional volunteers to join the team next year. The ferryboat will run from the beginning of April to the end of October and we are looking for individuals who are available to commit at least 2 x 3.5 hour shifts within a month.

There are two different roles available for volunteers:

Skipper – the skipper will be responsible for all aspects of operating the boat and ensuring the safe transportation of all passengers.

Crew member – the crew member will support the skipper in operating the boat.

Full training will be provided for both roles and the cost for the training will be covered.

The ferryboat runs from April to October every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. Each volunteer will commit to at least two shifts per month (total minimum commitment per month is 7 hours), the rota will be produced at least one month in advance. An example of the shift pattern is as follows;

Morning shift                                         Afternoon shift

Saturday               10am – 1.30pm                                     1.30pm – 5pm

Sunday                  10am – 1.30pm                                     1.30pm – 5pm

BH Monday          10am -1.30pm                                      1.30pm – 5pm

For more information please visit the website:

If you are interested in applying for either role, please send an email to: and we will send you more details of what the roles entail.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks

The Nun Monkton Ferryboat team