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1 hour boat trips

While away an hour aboard one of our trip boats and experience the tranquility of the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation in Essex.

Please note: Our one hour boat trips are not currently running. Charter boat trips for single family groups will be available again from 12th April on Albert (based at Paper Mill) and Blackwater Dawn (based at Heybridge Basin). See our latest Covid-19 information.

Boat Trips on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

Regular one-hour boat trips run from two locations along the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation. Hop on a boat from Paper Mill Lock near Chelmsford or Heybridge Basin in Maldon. 

Trips operate most days from Good Friday until the end of September. Family tickets are available, see prices below.

Please call the Kiosk to check availability and book your cruise on 07943 025 846 or book online. You can also purchase your ticket from Daisy Meadow Kiosk.

Departure locations

Paper Mill Lock

North Hill, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, UK

Heybridge basin

Maldon

Our boats

Victoria

Up to 43 Guests

Victoria is perfect for wedding receptions, celebrations and group outings. The boat can accommodate up to 36 guests seated for food or 43 standing and includes a qualified skipper and crew. Our licensed bar also serves hot and cold drinks. Trips depart from Paper Mill Lock.

Albert

Up to 12 Guests

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.

Blackwater Dawn

Up to 12 Guests

Blackwater Dawn is a widebeam trip boat 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.

FAQs

Ticket Prices
  • Adults £6
  • Children £5 (up to age 16 years excluding babes in arms)
  • Family £20 (for a family of four)
Accessibility

We are fully equipped to accommodate wheelchairs and pushchairs.  

Availability

Trips normally operate most days from Good Friday until the end of September. Please call the Kiosk to check availability and book your cruise on 07943 025 846. You can also purchase your ticket from the Kiosk, Daisy Meadow car park, Heybridge Basin CM9 4RW.

Contact Us

To find out more about booking any of the vessels, call Sarah Phillips on 01245 226 245 during office hours or email victoria@waterways.org.uk.

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