The Chelmer – Hoe Mill Lock

Hoe Mill Lock (Google Maps)

  • Location: Hoe Mill Lock (Google maps)
  • Paddle Type: River
  • Distance: 4.5 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, payable to lock keeper
  • Facilities:
    • Parking on side of road (usually can find a space)
  • Accommodation: Camping available – see lock keeper in advance

Beeleigh Weir (Google Maps)


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 Hoe Mill Lock to Beeleigh Weir and back, a round trip of 4.5 miles – one portage is required to get around one lock.