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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.

Waterway underfunding

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