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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 branch, along with other local interests, is promoting a new canal navigation to link Springfield Basin with Chelmsford’s rivers.

Local Area

Springfield Basin, Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation
Automatic Weir, River Chelmer

The Waterways

A new waterway

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

Visit the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation