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Visit Heybridge Basin

Heybridge Basin links the glorious Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation to the River Blackwater via a tidal sea lock. The Basin is an excellent base for a day out with friends or family; hop on a one hour boat trip or walk the coastal paths.

Have a picnic lunch at Heybridge Basin and see the visiting yachts or grab a bite to eat at Daisy Meadow Kiosk and watch the boats go by. A tea room and two pubs also overlook the waterways.

Things to do

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Daisy Meadow Car Park

Basin Road, Heybridge Basin, Maldon, UK

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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. 

History of Heybridge

Heybridge Lock was built as the sea terminus for the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation.  The village of Heybridge Basin grew up around the lock as there was plenty of work unloading the ships into the canal barges. The village has continued to expand into the 21st century despite the cessation of commercial activities on the canal.  This expansion has continued because of the excellent sailing facilities on the River Blackwater and also because of the 150-200 vessels permanently moored in the Basin.