Chelmer Cruises - Essex

Step on board one of our trip boats and enjoy a cruise along the glorious Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation in Essex with Chelmer Cruises. The Navigation offers nearly 14 miles of waterway to explore. Our base at Paper Mill Lock is approximately midway along the Navigation allowing trips in either direction.

Much of our wonderful waterway runs through tranquil Essex countryside, and is the perfect place for an afternoon or evening cruise

Flexible for You

Charter trips can be arranged for any day of the week with timings to suit hirers. The minimum period is 2 hours. All vessels are wheelchair and push-chair friendly, and we can provide food and drinks on board.

Great for Groups

Book Victoria

Victoria is perfect for wedding receptions, parties, celebrations and group outings. The boat can accommodate up to 43 guests and includes a qualified skipper and crew. A licensed bar is available. Also available as a static venue for parties, meetings etc at Paper Mill Lock.

Book Albert

Albert is a 13.7m narrowboat, ideal for families and groups of up to 12 people and includes a trained skipper (with crew if necessary) and normally operates from Paper Mill Lock.

Book Blackwater Dawn

Blackwater Dawn is a widebeam trip boat 8.2m long for up to 12 people with an open forward seating area. Normally operating daily ticket trips from Daisy Meadow Car Park at Heybridge Basin, from Easter until the end of September. Also available for charter bookings and early evening hire.

Ticket trips will also be operated from Paper Mill Lock. Check back for the timetable, which will be available from Spring 2019.   

Spending time by the water is the fastest way to slow down, so perhaps just take some time to sit back and enjoy our fantastic waterway.

Find out more

To find out more about booking any of the vessels, call Sarah Phillips on 01245 226 245 during office hours or call Sue Clift on 07507 055021 or email

Photo: Little Baddow Mill House

Essex Waterways acquired Victoria with the aid of a grant from European LEADER Funds via The Rural Community Council of Essex.

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Download the booking form

Please email the completed form to or post the form to
Paper Mill Lock, North Hill, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4BS

To find out more about booking any of the vessels, call Sarah Phillips on 01245 226 245 during office hours or call Sue Clift on 07507 055021 or email


Trips for Victoria and Albert depart from Paper Mill Lock, North Hill, Chelmsford, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, CM3 4BS.  See location map for Chelmer Cruises.