14 Mile River / Canal Walk in Chelmsford, Essex, England

A big hello everyone. 😊 Recently my nine year old daughter and I went on a small adventure, we walked along a beautiful river pathway in Essex, England. Taking in the sights and sounds that the river and canal had to offer.

The walk took 2 days, as my little one does not walk all that fast lol. So we decided to camp half-way.

The walk we took is full of so much history, it was along the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation that our journey took us. A navigational system that was built in 1790. Along the route you will find 12 locks and beautiful quaint red bridges all dating from this period.

The Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation stretches from Chelmsford, Essex, England to Heybridge Basin a distance of about 13.7 miles.

Not only does the walk tick my boxes with my love of history, but it also plays a small part in my family story too.

Before 1790, my Janes family branch resided in Broomfield, Essex just outside Chelmsford. On completion of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation they relocated to Heybridge. This small coastal village grew very fast from 1790 onwards and it was the river and canal that made this possible.

I have included a video below that showcases the first part of this journey and the vlog also includes a little history along the way. This film is part one of three and over the next couple days I will share the final videos with you. We hope you enjoy the film πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰

(My daughter and I) have a lot planned with our channel and we hope to tie both our vlog and this family history blog together, with everything we love and with everything we plan to share with you. This includes lots of history and genealogy.

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