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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.

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 trip boat and Navigation enquires, contact our Paper Mill Office on 01245 226245

General Enquiries

General Manager
Anthony Comber
(based at Paper Mill Lock)
01245 226245

Heybridge Lockkeeper
Paul Hindley
(based at Heybridge Basin)
07712 079764

Administration Manager
Lisa Barlow
(based at Paper Mill Lock)
01245 226245

Retail Operations Manager
Karen Rowles
(based at Paper Mill Lock)
01245 226245

Administration Assistant
Sarah Phillips
(based at Paper Mill Lock)
01245 226245

The kiosk at Heybridge Basin: 07943 025846

Emergency contact number: 07966 375351

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.