Heybridge is adjacent to Maldon, near the River Blackwater and was mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086. It is often overshadowed by its historic neighbour, and one could mistakenly think it to be the same town, as the two have merged with one another over the years.
Heybridge Basin derived its name from the village and the Canal Basin which is located at its centre. It owes its existence to the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation and was initially developed as a working village to house the canal’s workers. Prior to the construction of the canal, there were no buildings and the area was common land and marshland known as Collier’s Reach and Borough Marsh.
The final stage of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation Canal runs from Beeleigh through Heybridge and terminates at Heybridge Basin. This stage of the canal required much planning and work at its inception, as a constant running water supply was needed to the two mills nearby, in Langford and Heybridge. This was achieved through the diversion of the river Blackwater and extensive works around the Beeleigh locks. The original village centred around this canal, and the cottages next to the lock were built for the canal workers. The Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation Canal was originally used to transport coal & wood to the inland town of Chelmsford, as the road route via Danbury crests the highest hill in Essex. The canal was used for this purpose until the late 70's.
Today Heybridge Basin is popular with both local residents and visitors alike, and is an excellent place to enjoy a leisurely day with family and friends. Every year, the annual Heybridge Basin Regatta is held, with yacht races and other activites for the family to enjoy.
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Children welcome
- Free Parking
- Dogs Accepted
Map & Directions
Public Transport Directions
Car parking is free in the Daisy Meadow car park which is next to the canal in Heybridge Basin, postcode (CM9 4RW).
You can get here by public transport too, by train, make your way to Witham or Chelmsford where you can catch connecting bus services to Maldon, Heybridge or Heybridge Basin itself.
Bus travel information is available from First Essex, Hedingham buses or Stephensons of Essex.
Rail travel information is available on the Greater Anglia website.