Essex Waterways - Visitor Information

The Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation runs through a largely unspoilt part of rural Essex and connects the county town of Chelmsford with the tidal estuary of the river Blackwater at Heybridge Basin. 

Download a Visitor Guide for the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation (624 KB pdf), which includes a map of the navigation and an overview of canoeing, boating, fishing and walking in this largely unspoilt rural part of Essex.

Find out more specific information about boating, canoeing, angling and walking along the Navigation.

Chelmer Cruises

Step on board Victoria and enjoy a cruise along the glorious Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation. Victoria is perfect for weddings, parties and group outings.  The boat can accommodate up to 48 guests and includes a qualified skipper and crew. Find out more about Chelmer Cruises.

Boating on the Navigation

Find out more about visiting Heybridge Basin from tidal waters.

Or take a look at some information about the stretch of Navigation above Hall Bridge for inland cruising.

Visitor Guide


Click the image of the visitor guide above to download a copy
(624 KB pdf)