GUIDE TO THE RIVER TER
(Hatfield Peverel to Chelmer confluence)
NAME OF RIVER: Ter.
WHERE IS IT?: East of Chelmsford. Runs from Terling to the Chelmer at Rushes weir. Landranger sheet 167.
PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Put-in downstream of the road bridge 788107 at Hatfield Peverel. From Rushes continue up or down the Chelmer to take-out at Paper Mill or Hoe Mill. It may be possible to paddle from Terling down to this section. If you try it let us know how you got on.
APPROX LENGTH: 2km.
TIME NEEDED: Two hours.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: There is a gauge at the ford 796102, paddled at 1ft. Basically a drainage ditch in a flat county it needs heavy rain.
GRADING: Water grade I. Trees grade IV.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Trees, lots of them. Low bridges in high water.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Put in at the bridge and fight your way down. You can abandon it at the ford, it is only a 1km walk back to the put-in. Worth taking a saw.
OTHER NOTES: This is definitely in the 'because it's there' category. My advice is to go somewhere else. See also the report of the river's intrepid exploration.
CONTRIBUTED BY: Colin Smith, Southend Canoe Club.