Chelmer Valley Local Nature Reserve

Chelmer Valley Local Nature Reserve is a 17.6-hectare reserve located along the eastern banks of the River Chelmer. It runs approximately 2.5km from Valley Bridge to Victoria Road and links Chelmsford city centre to large residential areas across the north of the town via foot and bike paths through to Broomfield. The site is well loved and includes the stretch of the river known locally as ‘the Bunny Walks’. A lovely place of calm in the city centre.

Pedestrian access points:

  • southern end of Victoria Road
  • footbridges from Anglia Ruskin University campus at Rivermead
  • Fifth Avenue, via Hill View Road
  • Valley Bridge

The northern section between Valley Bridge and the footbridge to Fifth Avenue has a mosaic of unimproved grassland, old hedges, scrub, river lined woodland, seasonal pond and the river itself. The southern end is closest to housing and has more formally managed grass and standard trees, some large trees and a marshy area next to the footbridge.

The Nature Reserve is managed by Chelmsford City Council with the active support of volunteers.

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Opening times

The Nature Reserve is open at all times


Available at Springfield Hall Park

97 spaces plus 5 disabled available

Opening time:

Closing Times:

Jan 5pm Feb 6pm Mar 6pm Apr 8pm
May 9pm Jun 10pm Jul 10pm Aug 9pm
Sep 8pm Oct 7pm Nov 5pm Dec 5pm

Parking restrictions apply  Mon-Fri 7.30am to 6pm excluding Bank Holidays


To find bus routes visit First Essex


Good walking & cycle access


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Nearby green spaces