Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation Canal Camp 2019

Chelmer & Blackwater

Location: Chelmsford, Essex

Activities: Navigation Maintenance

Summary: The Chelmer & Blackwater navigation is an unsung gem, running through a largely unspoilt part of rural Essex, connecting Chelmsford with the tidal estuary of the River Blackwater at Heybridge Basin. To help maintain this beautiful waterway, volunteers on this camp will be clearing overgrown vegetation from the towpath, helping to improve access for all waterway users.

Dates: 24th – 31st August

Camp code   Dates   Leadership Team  Cook 
CC201918 24th - 31st August    Alex Melson & Paul Harrowsmith Claire Morton

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Where is it? Heybridge Basin, Maldon, nr Chelmsford, Essex. The Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation is an unsung gem – relished by the people of Essex but comparatively little known among the wider canal community. Running for 14 miles from Chelmsford to the sea Heybridge Basin this rural waterway is the place to be for break away from urban life.

What is the work for the camps? This summer volunteers will be undertaking a variety of work to reinvigorate this beautiful part of Essex. A large variety of maintenance tasks have been planned including repairing landing stages, refurbishing footbridges and building canoe storage areas, a perfect camp for those wishing to use or learn carpentry skills. The works will bring volunteers to different areas across the navigation, so you'll get to know this beautiful part of Essex like the back of your hand.

Why is important? Over 10 years of focus and investment can make an amazing difference to a waterway. Since IWA’s subsidiary, Essex Waterways, took over the running of the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, the once run down Navigation has been transformed. Now saved from dereliction volunteers will help ensure this waterway is safe for future generations. 

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What skills are needed? No skills necessary - our leader and assistant will guide you through every task! 

Accomodation: Coggeshall Scout Hut,

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