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Boat Trips

Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation

Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation


Paper Mill Lock,
North Hill,
Little Baddow,


Step on board Victoria 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. A typical trip would be a 2 or 3 hour cruise from the vessel’s base at Paper Mill Lock.

Much of our wonderful waterway runs through tranquil Essex countryside, and is the perfect place to go for an afternoon cruise.
Great for Groups

Victoria is perfect for weddings, parties and group outings. The boat can accommodate up to 48 guests and includes a qualified skipper and crew.

Flexible for You

Charter trips can be arranged for any day of the week, with timings to suit hirers. The minimum hire period is 2 hours. The vessel is wheelchair and pushchair-friendly, and we can provide food and drinks on board. A licensed bar is available.

Spending time by the water is the fastest way to slow down, so perhaps just take a moment to sit back and enjoy our fantastic waterway.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening details

Trips by arrangement or for public trips, please visit website


Private Hire - depends on location, duration etc - please ring Sue on 07507 055021.
Public trips - full programme with prices available soon on our website.



Plan route to Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 776086  Lat: 51.74827 Long: 0.57217

Parking: free


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed