Boat Trips from Papermill Lock

Papermill Lock is in Little Baddow, to the east of Chelmsford City. It is home to a tearoom and is the starting point for a boat trip in Chelmsford on the River Chelmer.

The Boat Trips

Boat Trips run on the River Chelmer most days between Good Friday and the end of September, subject to the weather. You can book over the phone on 07945 025 846.

The trips are on a small narrow boat with a trained skipper. They last around an hour. We did it with a 7 year old a 9 year old and they loved it. The younger children on the boat seemed to enjoy it too. 

A bridge on the Chelmer River Boat trip
A bridge on the Chelmer River Boat trip

The boat travels at a steady pace so isn’t too rocky. It’s lovely seeing the view from the water, quite different to walking alongside the river. You also get an excellent view of the other boats on the water. The skipper we had did a great job of letting us know what we were seeing while not talking constantly so we could enjoy the ride.

The trip goes for half an hour and then boat turns and comes back the same way so anything you miss on the first half of the tip you can see on the way back.

The highlight for my son was when the skipper let him help steer the boat, it made his day!

Boy helping to drive a narrow boat on the river Chelmer
He really enjoyed helping to drive the boat

You can find out more on the Waterways website.

Papermill Lock Tearooms

Once you’ve finished your boat trip I highly recommend a meal or snack at  Papermill Lock Tearooms. They have both inside and outside seating a great selection food. It was lunch time so we had sandwiches but they also offer a range of cakes, hot and cold drinks.

Papermill Lock Tearooms has toilets for it customers. The river does flood on occasion so it’s best to check they are open before travelling. You can find out more on the Papermill Lock Tearoom’s website.

The postcode is CM2 4BS. There is a small car park with an overflow that they open in busier months.

You can find more things to do with children in the “Activities” section of Chelmsford with Children.