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Chelmer Valley Riverside

54ac/21.8ha  LNR

Grid ref: TL 712 074 (click for o/s map)

Updated 10/12/2020.

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A Local Nature Reserve running north from the heart of Chelmsford up the valley of the River Chelmer. The northern section between Valley Bridge and the footbridge has a mosaic of unimproved grassland, old hedges, scrub and riverine woodland. The southern section – closer to housing and industry – has more formally managed grass and trees, and a marshy area near the footbridge.

The northern section is good for nesting birds in spring, and look for dragonflies and kingfishers along the river in summer. Signs of otters have been seen and they may soon recolonise the river.


Access from Victoria Road and from Hill View Road at the southern end; via footbridges from the Anglia Ruskin University campus at Rivermead and from Fifth Avenue; and in the north from the Valley Bridgeand from Springfield Hall Park. Park at the Riverside Leisure Centre (pay & display) or at Springfield Hall Park (accessed from via and Arun Close).

Chelmsford station is about 5 minutes' walk away via Victoria Road.

Accessible at all times.

© Dudley Miles