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Local Waterways

The Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation is the only navigable waterway in the branch. It runs through a largely unspoilt part of rural Essex and connects the county city of Chelmsford with the tidal estuary of the River Blackwater at Heybridge Basin. It is 13.8 miles (22.1 km) long and has 13 locks.  

The Chelmsford Canal and River Link is a new canal navigation to link Springfield Basin with Chelmsford’s rivers.

Local Area

Automatic Weir, River Chelmer
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IWA Chelmsford Branch Litter Pick, January 2020
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The Waterways

A new waterway

IWA Chelmsford Branch wants to see a new channel to link Springfield Basin with Chelmsford’s rivers.

Local events

Visit the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation