We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.


Planning your visit

Address: Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2QS

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café

Winding its way through Harlow, the River Stort Navigation was once a thriving commercial route for barges carrying grain to Bishop's Stortford. Today, it's a great route for country walks and heritage trails.

Great for

A great place to watch the boats drift past and spot wildlife

  • Dog walking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking


Parndon Mill Lock is the start of the Stort Sculpture Trail. The very first work gives the history of the canal and there are works at each lock through Harlow.

Harlow Sculpture Town also boasts the largest public sculpture collection in the land and free maps are available from our gallery and other cultural venues in the town.

Parndon Mill fine art gallery shows a programme of exhibitions all year round. Entry is free.

The Gibberd Garden is accessible on foot from the canal, a short distance upstream of Harlow Lock.


Spot a boat

You should see some narrowboats, especially in the marina


Boat trips


You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks
  • Kingfishers

The canal is a green ribbon running through the town, get out and see some great domestic wildlife and experience nature close at hand


There's a car park for patrons of the pub and a public pay & display car park at the station

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