Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation Walk

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Start: All Saints Church, Maldon
Distance: 17 miles (27 km)
Grid Ref: TL850070
Climbing: 50 metres
Walk time: 6-8 hours
Days: 1

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The walk is as the name implies a walk along the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation which was created by the canalisation of the Rivers Chelmer and Blackwater in Essex. However, the walk does not follow the canal at all from the starting point at All Saints Church, Maldon. Firstly the walk heads away from the town of Maldon by crossing the River Chelmer and heading east to explore Heybridge Basin which provides excellent views of Northey Island. Only then is the route of the navigation followed for the whole length of it until its end in Chelmsford. Places encountered during the walk along the canal include Heybridge Creek, Langford Cut, Ulting Quarry (disused), Ulting Wick, Rushes Lock, Paper Mill Bridge, Little Baddow Lock (where a short detour to Little Baddow Hall is allowed), Sandford Mill Bridge, Chelmer Village and Barnes Lock before the finish at Chelmsford Cathedral.

Useful Links:
Chelmer Canal Trust
Circular Walks including the Canal
Long Distance Walkers Association

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