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Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

The beautiful 14 mile Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation is looked after by Essex Waterways. This waterway runs through a largely unspoilt part of rural Essex. It connects the town of Chelmsford with the river Blackwater at Heybridge Basin.

The beautifully unspoilt waterways of rural Essex

Things to do

Boat Trips

Step on board one of our trip boats and enjoy a cruise along the glorious Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation in Essex with Chelmer Cruises. The Navigation offers nearly 14 miles of waterway to explore. 

Contact Us

Staff Contact Details

For boat trip and moorings enquiries, please contact Sarah Phillips.

General Enquiries
essex@waterways.org.uk

General Manager
Anthony Comber
(based at Paper Mill Lock)
07966 375351 or 01245 226245
anthony.comber@waterways.org.uk

Heybridge Lockkeeper
Paul Hindley
(based at Heybridge)
07712 079764 
paul.hindley@waterways.org.uk

Administration Assistant
Sarah Phillips
(based at Papermill Lock)
01245 226245
sarah.phillips@waterways.org.uk

Administration Assistant
Alice Cook
(based at Papermill Lock)
01245 226245
alice.cook@waterways.org.uk

Safety Watch

The safety of waterway users, staff, volunteers and every visitor to the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation is of the greatest concern to us. If you spot something that needs attention, then please let us know – get in touch using the contact details above.

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