River Chelmer

This stretch of river runs past Hartford End and Littley Green to intersect with Essex Regiment Way to the south. The river corridor runs through predominantly grassland grazed by horses in places, giving way to arable land with occasional woodland and scrubby areas.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is rough grassland.

Horses were the main livestock recorded.

Channel characteristics

The river channel consists of mainly silt, and riffles are present.

At the time of recording the flow of water was sluggish and the channel was 1-2m wide and 0.5-1m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is shallow.

Bankside trees were occasional, marginal plants and in-channel plants are frequent. Woody debris was noted to be occasional.


The channel has not been straightened and man-made enhancements are absent along this stretch of river.

Field drains were recorded as absent and barriers / culverts are absent.


Areas of trampling / poaching were present and areas of erosion were absent at the time of the survey.


Deer slots were recorded along the more wooded areas of this stretch.

Additional comments

This stretch did not suffer badly from erosion, although in parts there was evidence of previous trampling and poached areas along the river bank.


River Chelmer

Date completed

Spring 2013

Upstream Grid ref (red marker)


Downstream Grid ref (green marker)


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