The Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation connects Chelmsford with the tidal estuary of the River Blackwater at Heybridge Basin. Along the route of the waterway is a church, two tearooms, numerous pubs, 14 locks and lots of wildlife. You can book a boat trip or launch your own.
Boats that require a mooring are charged a mooring ratewhich is inclusive of the licence fee to boat along the Navigation and use of the locks.
Craft that don’t require moorings or use of locks still need to buy a licence.
Heybridge Basin can accommodate vessels up 50 metres in length and 4.0 metres draft.
Further along the Navigation, above Hall Bridge the maximum dimensions for boats are up to 17.40 metres in length, 4.62 metres wide and 0.62 metres draft. The maximum air draft is 1.9m (lowest bridge at Paper Mill). The actual lock dimensions along the Navigation are approximately 18.46m x 4.92m.
We offer other services for boaters, which includes lifting boats out of the water for storage, cleaning, surveys. We also Un-step and Re-step Masts. [link to download or modal]
Please contact theHeybridge Basin Lockkeeper to make a booking.
Guidance on Use of Locks
Boaters wanting to use the locks on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation need to have a licence for lock usage.
Together we can protect and restore our waterways; the UK’s 6,500 miles of canals and rivers need your help.
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