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Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

The beautiful 14 mile Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation is looked after by Essex Waterways. This waterway runs through a largely unspoilt part of rural Essex. It connects the town of Chelmsford with the river Blackwater at Heybridge Basin.

The beautifully unspoilt waterways of rural Essex

Things to do

Events on the navigation

Boat Trips

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. 

Contact Us

General Enquiries

Waterway Manager
Steve Cottis
(based at Paper Mill Lock)
07966 375351 or 01245 226245

Heybridge Lockkeeper
Grant Everiss
(based at Heybridge)
07712 079764

Administration Assistant
Sarah Phillips
(based at Papermill Lock)
01245 226245


The safety of waterway users, staff, volunteers and every visitor to the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation is of the greatest concern to us. If you spot something that needs attention, then please let us know – either contact us or complete the online form.

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