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Blackwater dawn boat

Blackwater dawn boat


Brook End Road (South),


Our newest edition, the Blackwater Dawn, is a wide beam trip boat for hourly trips or charters. You can book Blackwater Dawn for that special trip, birthdays, club events or an anniversary. Blackwater Dawn is fully equipped for disabled passengers, with lift and wheelchair friendly toilet. Bring along your own refreshments to make the day special. Enjoy the tranquil river while relaxing on-board and let the skipper take you on a river cruise to remember. The more active can help to operate the locks or steering the boat. Cruising the Chelmer and Blackwater is a perfect introduction to life on this unique Essex Waterway, an ideal way to enjoy the outdoors, and good for nature watching.

Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsAccepts groups

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Plan route to Blackwater Boats using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 739062  Lat: 51.72836 Long: 0.51758

Ignore all exits from the A12 towards Chelmsford until you reach the exit for A130/1114 (J17) or A414/1060 (J18), which you follow towards Chelmsford. These roads merge as you approach Chelmsford, when you will reach a large roundabout with a flyover (Army & Navy PH). Do not use flyover, but turn right at roundabout (4th exit) onto the Al 38 (old Al 2). Cross the river and take 2nd exit at the next roundabout towards Chelmer Village, passing the Retail Park on your left. Take 2nd exit at next roundabout (Barnes Farm PH), and after a few hundred metres, turn right into a narrow lane called Sandford Mill Road. (If you reach the Asda supermarket you have missed the turning, but can U-turn at the roundabout.) Follow Sandford Mill Road, then Storms Way, until the gates of the treatment works are ahead. Turn right into Brook End Road (following the Sandford Mill brown signs). Ahead is a canal bridge, until there is a canal bridge, beside which is Blackwater Boats Hire Base

Parking: free


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)