The Chelmer – Paper Mill Lock

Paper Mill Lock:

  • Location: Paper Mill Lock (Google maps)
  • Paddle Type: River
  • Distance: 5 miles (round trip)
  • Difficulty Rating: Good introduction for beginners
  • License required: Yes – cost £4.50 per boat – there are discounts for groups of over 5 boats
  • Facilities (at Paper Mill Lock):
    • Coffee shop
    • Toilet
    • Free car park (if not too wet), or parking on side of road (can get busy during peak times)
  • Accommodation: None


A nice easy introduction to river paddling.  Fairly scenic, with a couple of locks/weirs along the route, which are easily avoided.  The graphic, below, shows the route we took from Paper Mill Lock to Hoe Mill Lock and back, a round trip of 5 miles – one portage is required to get around one lock.

Hoe Mill Lock (Google Maps)