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River Colne

The river Colne connects the Essex town of Colchester to the sea.


11.0 miles


The navigable length of the River Colne.


The first Act of Parliament to promote navigation on the Colne was passed in 1623.  Other Acts followed in 1689, 1718, 1740, 1750 and 1781.

River Colne Map

Waterways notes

Present Head of Navigation

Hythe Bridges are effectively the present head of navigation, but small craft could venture to East Mill and East Bridge in Colchester, the tidal limit


King Edwards Quay is located off Haven Road, The Hythe, and is owned and operated by Colchester Borough Council.

Aston Nature Reserve

Work to bring the Montgomery Canal back into use as a navigation must also protect habitats

Burslem Branch Canal Conservation Area

The Trent & Mersey Canal Conservation Area now includes Burslem Branch Canal.

Crown Wharf

The site on the Trent & Mersey Canal in Stone will have a development good for heritage and the community, thanks to our lobbying.

Aberdulais Aqueduct

Aberdulais Aqueduct is a Grade II* listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument at risk from the effects of climate change.

Hammersmith Bridge

Hammersmith Bridge, an iconic heritage structure, is at risk from disagreements over funding and climate change.