Once a busy navigation with horse drawn barges the rivers Chelmer and Blackwater now offers a tranquil waterway of 14 miles for private boats, fishing and casual walkers.
The navigation begins in Chelmsford, the county town and there are typical Essex villages to explore along the river valley to the attractive Heybridge Basin, near historic Maldon, which is host to many types of water craft, and has a large sea lock for them to enter the Blackwater Estuary.
'Blackwater Rose', a traditional Narrowboat with a covered foredeck that seats up to 12 persons operates throughout the summer on Sundays and Bank Holidays for hourly trips. Our specialty is the private charters, and ideal for that special day out or perhaps a celebrations. Children welcome and participation with operation of the traditional Locks is encouraged.
Visit our website for up to date information: www.blackwaterboats.freeserve.co.uk
Charters start at £110.
Trip prices are £5.50 for adults and £3.50 for children.
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|Notes||For private charters a minimum of 24 hrs advance booking is required.
For 1 hour trips pre booking is recommended.
All trips and charters are subject to river and weather conditions permitting.
Brook End Road (South), Boxted Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6NX
Map reference: TL 989287 Lat: 51.92127 Long: 0.89103